David Gold gives fitness update on West Ham's Diafra Sakho

West Ham United co-owner says Diafra Sakho is fit and ready to play this weekend.

West Ham striker Diafra Sakho is available to play this weekend, says club co-owner David Gold.

The striker has been at the centre of debate over whether he should have been at the club over the past few weeks, having withdrawn from Senegal's African Cup of Nations squad with injury.

This row intensified when he came off the substitute's bench to head a winner in the FA Cup against Bristol City.

West Ham were yesterday fined £71,000 by FIFA, reported the BBC, arguing they should not have played the striker in the cup tie. The Hammers have always maintained they have not done anything wrong.

There are no restrictions against Sakho playing against Manchester United at Upton Park on Sunday, and Gold's statement he is fully fit is also a big boost.

The forward is West Ham's top scorer this season, and has proved a real bargain since his summer switch from French side Metz.

He also scored at Old Trafford in the club's narrow loss to Manchester United earlier in the season, and with Andy Carroll out injured, he is likely to be in the starting line-up for Sunday's fixture. 

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