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Zouma update

Kurt Zouma is set to be available for selection this weekend against Newcastle.

The Hammers defender missed the clash with Leicester after falling ill in the build-up and was replaced by Issa Diop.

Diop actually played remarkably well against the Foxes as the two sides played out a 2-2 draw, with Jarrod Bowen’s goal coming from the centre-back’s long ball forward.

Now, a club insider has confirmed that Zouma has recovered and is in contention to play against the Magpies this weekend.

The game is something of a must-win as the Irons bid to stay in touch with the top four and continue their push for European qualification.

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Newcastle have been in excellent form in recent weeks and have won all of their last three games, climbing clear of the drop zone as a result.

Going into the game, West Ham are two points behind fourth-placed Manchester United, who edged past Brighton in midweek.

Our source said: “Zouma is recovering slowly and expected to be fit for the game against Newcastle.”

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A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.