Allardyce hints Diego Poyet could play against Sunderland

West Ham United may give Diego Poyet a chance to impress against Sunderland, according to Sam Allardyce.

Sam Allardyce has confirmed that Diego Poyet will be in the West Ham United squad to face Sunderland this weekend. 

Poyet has not made an appearance for the Hammers since September, but Allardyce says that he has a chance of getting onto the pitch against the Black Cats. 

Poyet has recently returned from a loan spell with Championship side Huddersfield Town and he clearly impressed while with the Terriers. 

"He's in the squad so he has a chance," Allardyce said in a press conference today. "He's had some first team football up in Huddersfield, now's he back here, and we're happy he's back.

"At any point we could pick up injuries, we played Aston Villa and picked up five injuries that couldn't play against Everton. So having Diego back is important."

The Sunderland game will mean more to Poyet than most other members of the West Ham squad due to his connections with the North East club. 

The Black Cats are managed by Poyet's father, Gus, and the Hammers' central midfielder will be hoping to claim the family bragging rights after the weekend. 

If the 19-year-old does get to appear in the fixture it is more likely to be as a substitute than as a starter. 

West Ham have been in fine form during Poyet's time away from the club and it would be surprise to see him dislodge any of Allardyce's first-choice central midfielders in the starting line-up. 

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