West Ham travel across London to face Arsenal in the Premier League and speaking ahead of the game, manager Sam Allardyce gave an update on the current injury problems affecting his side.
There are one or two knocks and bruises without anything major in terms of injuries. But obviously with the game coming around quite quickly, we’ll assess those on Wednesday and make a decision on whether it’s right to risk them or leave them out and put someone else in the squad.
There are no other injuries to the team from Saturday, which is pretty good.
We’re still a little short of defensive cover, everywhere else is looking fine now, even though we’re obviously still waiting for Andy Carroll and George McCartney to recover as quickly as possible, and James Collins to get back in the squad.
Speaking about defender Alou Diarra who has only made five appearances all season due to injury, Allardyce added when asked about an article which appeared in the French paper L’Equpie sating that Diarra had wasted his time at West Ham.
Wasted four months of what? My time or his? He has been injured for three months.
He has let his frustrations out in his home country, which often happens. Someone has got hold of him and asked to do an article. He has done the article and has aired some of the frustrations of not playing on a regular basis.
When he knocks on the door and comes to see me, we’ll sort him out as quickly as we can. I haven’t got a problem with it.
Meanwhile new signing Wellington Paulista is still working hard to achieve match-fitness. Allardyce said
He’s just had five weeks off in his break to the season. So, he’s going through what we’d normally go through at the July stage, which is pre-season work.
It’s about sustaining and maintaining a fitness level which is good enough to cope with playing in the Premier League.
So he’s not there for a week or two yet