It seems an age ago since the last time West Ham weren’t dealing with a number of injuries heading into a match but we’re slowly getting there.
Having lost their opening three games, the Hammers, especially manager Slaven Bilic, are under increasing pressure to turn their fortunes around and start climbing the table while the season is still young.
While tonight’s opponents Huddersfield aren’t exactly a team of world beaters, they’re a well-organised unit led by David Wagner and have strong foundations, having kept a clean sheet in each of their three Premier League games thus far.
It’s going to be a tough task for the Hammers to break down this Huddersfield defence and they’ll be doing it without their prime midfield creator Manuel Lanzini who aggravated a knee injury while on international duty with Argentine having only made his comeback in the 3-0 defeat at Newcastle last time out.
The injuries don’t stop there as Edimilson Fernandes, considered as West Ham’s next most ‘attack minded’ midfielder after Lanzini, suffered an ankle sprain during the international break and faces a spell on the sidelines.
Good news is that Andy Carroll is expected to return to the matchday squad this evening having missed the first month of the season with an ongoing groin problem first sustained in February.
Carroll has been rumoured to be set for an instant return to the starting eleven alongside Javier Hernandez in attack to offer the Hammers a different dimension in the final third.
Marko Arnautovic is serving the final match of his three-game suspension after picking up a red card for an elbow on Jack Stephens during the 3-2 defeat at Southampton.
Defender Winston Reid is back fit after being stretchered off in the warm up at St. Mary’s and is set to start alongside either Angelo Ogbonna or James Collins in defence with Jose Fonte falling out of favour after his poor performance against his former employers.