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Sam Allardyce is hopeful James Collins and Joey O’Brien will be available after both were forced out of international duties over the break. Razvan Rat is a doubt, though, after he limped off early in Romania’s midweek match with Greece – O’Brien is expected to cover if the summer signing fails to make it, while Collins looks set to deputise for the injured Winston Reid at centre-half once more.
Fernando Torres has returned to training after a muscle injury although Jose Mourinho has indicated that the trip to West Ham will come too early for him. This should see Samuel Eto’o lead the line again. In defence, Cesar Azpilicueta will retain his starting role ahead of Ashley Cole once more - the England full-back has recovered from the rib problem sustained in the midweek loss to Germany but Mourinho has confirmed he will stick with the Spaniard.