Ricardo Vaz Te is sidelined with a dislocated shoulder, while Matt Taylor is also unavailable after suffering a calf complaint in the midweek cup win at Burnley. James Tomkins “should be okay” after picking up a midweek knock, while James Collins and Andy Carroll remain sidelined. The re-signed Carlton Cole is not yet ready for a Premier League start, according to the Hammers boss.
Aston Villa forward Gabriel Agbonlahor is unlikely to recover in time from the ankle injury he suffered during last weekend's defeat by Everton. Left-backs Antonio Luna and Joe Bennett are both sidelined, so Ciaran Clark is likely to deputise, though Enda Stevens also offers an option.