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Iron’s absence for Spurs game confirmed

West Ham have confirmed that Vladimír Coufal will be suspended for Wednesday’s EFL Cup fifth-round tie at Tottenham Hotspur.

There had been doubt

Coufal suspended for Spurs

s about his position ahead of the game but the club has now confirmed that he will serve his suspension n Wednesday night’s game.

The Czech Republic international was sent-off for two bookable offences in the 2-0 Premier League defeat at Arsenal on Wednesday 15 December.

Coufal was initially set to miss Saturday’s Premier League fixture at home to Norwich City on Saturday 18 December, but the game was called-off after the Premier League granted a request from Norwich to postpone the fixture.

The No5 will therefore miss Wednesday’s trip to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

The postponement of the Norwich fixture means that, in the Premier League, players will receive a one-match suspension for the accumulation of five yellow cards up to and including the away fixture at Watford on Tuesday 28 December.

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Declan Rice (four), Michail Antonio and Pablo Fornals (both three) are the three West Ham players who could reach the five caution threshold.

Meanwhile, Mark Noble is one caution away from a one-match suspension in the EFL Cup, having been booked in the 1-0 third-round win at Manchester United in September.

With suspected positive covid cases in the squad it’s difficult to work out what sort of team the boss will be able to put out for the quarter final.

Bu it seems that Mikey Antonio will be available given the interview he gave on the  official site earlier this afternoon.

It’s probably fair to assume that Spurs will be favourites for the game after a three game break ahead of the draw against Liverpool on Sunday.


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