Sam Allardyce gives West Ham injury update, and hopes to kick on

Sam Allardyce

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce addressed the media ahead of their Premier League clash against Leicester City.

West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce has told his pre-match press conference - covered by the club's official Twitter account - that defender Winston Reid will be available for this weekend's clash with Leicester City, but doubts whether forward Enner Valencia will be available even though he has returned to training.

Allardyce's side face Leicester City this weekend at the King Power Stadium, and he hopes his side can make it back-to-back wins after recording their first Premier League victory since January prior to the international break, when they beat a struggling Sunderland side 1-0 courtesy of a late Diafra Sakho strike.

He told reporters: "For us it's about achieving as many points as possible in the run-in. Hopefully we can kick off on a good run having beaten Sunderland. 

"It's very tight between eighth and tenth now for us. We have a reasonable run-in although no game is ever easy at this level."

Allardyce is wary of the threat posed by Nigel Pearson's side, despite the Foxes sitting at the bottom of the Premier League, and a win for them could be the start of a revival. 

The Foxes have caused teams problems this year, as they have taken points off both Arsenal and Liverpool, and memorably defeated Manchester United earlier on in the season.

"It's the cruelty of the Premier League when you don't convert the chances to make and for us all in the end it's a results business.

"Leicester will not give up and they've still got great hope that they can get out of trouble."

Leicester are currently seven points from safety so are desperate for the three points. If the gap between them and safety extends this weekend, their chances of remaining in the top flight will look all the more bleak.

But West Ham haven't been a model of consistency lately as they sit in ninth place, level on points with Stoke City and just the one point behind eighth-place Swansea City. After last season, they have shown a good degree of progress this term, even though their form in the second half of the season has been pretty poor.

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