James Chester is out for up to eight weeks with the hamstring injury sustained at Newcastle last weekend with either Abdoulaye Faye or Liam Rosenior set to cover. Maynor Figueroa will return after being handed time off last weekend for personal reasons, while Robbie Brady is expected to feature in spite of a hernia problem. Stephen Quinn should retain the right wing berth as a result of Robert Koren’s injury, while Sone Aluko should partner Danny Graham up top again.
Stewart Downing is back after injury but Joe Cole will miss out again for the Hammers. Sam Allardyce could choose to ease Downing back into action, affording Ravel Morrison further chance to impress in the midfield. Razvan Rat looks to have finally established himself at left-back, though Guy Demel is back after a thigh problem and is expected to vie with Joey O’Brien for the role on the opposite side of defence.