West Ham’s Head of Medical and Sports Science, Stijn Vandenbroucke, has confirmed that a number of first team players will be unavailable for selection when the Hammers travel to Carrow Road to face Norwich City on Saturday afternoon.
Speaking in his weekly column on the official West Ham website, Vandenbroucke explained how the victory over Liverpool in the FA Cup came at a price, with even more first-team players set for a spell on the sidelines.
Firstly, it looks like new signing Sam Byram will start at right-back after it was confirmed that James Tomkins will be out for six weeks with a the calf injury he picked up during the loss to Southampton.
Joey O’Brien, the other option at right-back injured his left hamstring against Liverpool, and will be sent for a scan today along with Winston Reid, who suffered the same injury.
Cheikhou Kouyate will also miss the trip to Norfolk as he was concussed after a collision with Jon Flanagan and FA rules say a player can’t play or train for six days after suffering a concussion.
On the positive side, Alex Song looks to be fit for selection, whilst Manuel Lanzini and Diafra Sakho are due to resume training shortly and should both be back in action by the end of February.