Sam confirms Kouyate/Downing may be back


KouyatewesthamSam Allardyce has confirmed in his morning press conference what ClaretandHugh had revealed earlier this week to readers – that Stewart Downing and Cheik Kouyate are the most likely to return to action on Saturday.

He explained: “Stewart Downing and Cheik Kouyate are both training today. The rest of the injured players have got a chance but it’s a slimmer chance than we expected.

“I think the only other possibility might be Mark Noble who came off injured against Everton. We’ve also lost Winston Reid to a suspension. I

Idowning1t’s not an ideal scenario but I still think we can get the result that we should have done last Saturday.”

Asked how he felt about upcoming – and winnable looking games against Newcastle, West Brom, Swansea, sunderland and leicester he said: ““It’s a hugely important time for us. Historically we’ve struggled at this point.

“The last international break was in many ways the worst I’ve suffered because three players came back injured. Dealing with the amount of games in such a short period of time is a massive test for us all.

It’ll define how our season goes I think. We haven’t achieved the results that our performances have merited which is really disappointing.”

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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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