Tomkins under the knife but Adrian fit

Adrian+West+Ham+United+v+Newcastle+United+Jw1KJTafoV5lAdrian will be available for the clash against Sunderland despite dislocating his finger in the warm-up to the Arsenal match last weekend.

West Ham’s head of medical and sports science Stijn Vandenbroucke, revealed the Spaniard has been wearing a brace on his finger since he suffered the injury.

He explained: “Although Adrian dislocated his finger in the warm-up ahead of the Arsenal game at the weekend, he had it put back in and taped up by physiotherapist Dominic Rogan before the game.”

Speaking to the official website he added: “Adrian played through the pain, which is not to be underestimated, and he will be available to face Sunderland.

Meanwhile defender James Tomkins has undergone surgery on his dislocated shoulder but is out for the season as reported exclusively by ClaretandHugh.

Cheikhou Kouyate had to play at the heart of defence with Winston Reid also absent and with Vandenbroucke suggesting the New Zealand defender is again unlikely to be available, is set to again play  James Collins.

Vandenbroucke said: “James Tomkins underwent successful surgery on his dislocated shoulder on Wednesday and will now commence his rehabilitation.

“Winston Reid is recovering and rehabbing well from the hamstring injury he suffered against Chelsea on 4 March. He is working hard on his fitness and is getting closer to a return.”

Andy Carroll and Enner Valencia are both injured but Vandenbroucke reported the England forward “no longer needs crutches to walk and now only has a brace on the knee”.



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