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Hammers team news ahead of Foxes clash

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URGENTWinston Reid back males his comeback from a hamstring as the Irons look for three points at Leicester this afternoon.

The New Zealand defender’s decision not to make the trip for an international fixture has paid off and he is all set to line up at the back alongside James Collins who has been in awesome form.

The game is likely to come too soon for Enner Valencia (toe) but the Ecuadorian is back in training whilst Andy Carroll (knee), James Tomkins (shoulder) and Doneil Henry (hamstring) all miss out.

Provisional squad: Adrian, Jaaskelainen, Cresswell, Jenkinson, Reid, Collins, O’Brien, Noble, Poyet, Song, Amalfitano, Kouyate, Nolan, Downing, Jarvis, Nene, Sakho, Valencia, Cole.

 Matt Upson is out of Leicester’s squad having limped off  in the 4-3 defeat by Tottenham before the international break with an achilles problem.

Jeff Schlupp (right) trains with Leicester team-mate Wes Morgan on Thursday but could be rested by the Foxes

Provisional squad: Schmeichel, Schwarzer, Hamer, Simpson, Moore, Wasilewski, Morgan, Huth, De Laet, Konchesky, King, Knockaert, Albrighton, Schlupp, Cambiasso, James, Mahrez, Nugent, Kramaric, Vardy, Ulloa.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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