However, the player is not entirely match fit having not played since the West Brom game on New Year’s Day.
He has also of course been to and fro to Africa where he ended his international future and was hit by a sickness bug which saw him miss the weekend game against Swansea.
As a result he’s not likely to feature for the entire game tonight for a game which, given recent league results, has taken on great significance.
A Hammers source told ClaretandHugh this morning: “He’s fine in himself and over the bug which is good news.
Unfortunately he has missed a lot of training and is not 100 per cent although he’s not 100% match fit, as hes missed a lot of training. However, should be OK for 60-70 minutes