Slaven Bilic has confirmed West Ham will be without Manuel Lanzini and Edimilson Fernandes on Monday night to face Huddersfield but is hoping that Andre Ayew will recover from a thigh injury he picked up on international duty.
Slav wrote in his London Evening Standard Friday column “Although we will be without Manuel Lanzini, Edimilson Fernandes, who are injured, and Marko Arnautovic, who is suspended, I am hoping that Andre Ayew, who picked up a thigh injury playing for Ghana, will be fit for the Huddersfield match.”
He added: “We are looking forward to playing again in the London Stadium.
As last season progressed — the first in our new home — we became more comfortable there and I can remember matches where the atmosphere was really something special.
In the second half of last season, we really improved, both with results and performances. I can recall the matches against Tottenham, Swansea, Everton, West Brom and even Leicester, when we lost, we felt at home. It was a good feeling.
We have thought long and hard in the last couple of weeks about changing systems and we will see.
We are going to train at the stadium tomorrow and Sunday.
Huddersfield have yet to concede a goal and they are on a high. I am not going to say that they will go down, but they will level off at some stage.”
Really nervous without Lanzini. But there’s enough quality if we can get Cress and Antonio forward to feed Hernandez and Sakho. COYI!