Pelle waits on defender’s fitness test

Aaron Cresswell faces a late fitness test ahead of West Ham’s clash with Cardiff this week.

Cresswell was withdrawn during the Hammers’ 3-0 win over Newcastle at the weekend after sustaining a hamstring injury. 

And it’s touch and go as to whether the left-back will be fit for the clash with Neil Warnock’s side in midweek.

Pellegrini told the club’s official website: “We have the same players that weren’t on our list in the last game because all of them have long injuries.

“From the last team, we have Cresswell, who has a hamstring injury, which is why he couldn’t continue the game. We will see him tomorrow and make the last decision, but it could be difficult.

“We must see about Balbuena. He had a hard kick on Saturday. Those are the two players that have some problems.”

ClaretandHugh says: That Cressie is facing a fitness test is actually good news because at the weekend we were being told he faces a scan which always half suggests the problem may be bigger than one would hope. We trust he makes it for everybody’s sake but particularly his own as before he had to leave the field during the second half at Newcastle he was enjoying his best game in a long time in a position which quite frankly has been nothing but trouble to us all season long. That, sadly was demonstrated to some extent again when Arthur Masuaku came on in his place and even in the comparatively short time he was on the field managed to give away a dangerous free kick on the edge of the area via a sloppy and careless piece of defending. Cressie has waited patiently and without complaint for his chance and hopefully he will be okay for the game.

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