A selection of the latest news concerning West Ham United.
Injury update on Song, Carroll and Valencia
Speaking to the official West Ham website, head of medical Stijn Vandenbroucke has updated the injury status on three key players. Andy Carroll, Alex Song and Enner Valencia are all currently out of action, but Vandenbroucke has suggested that all three are close to being ready to take to the field of play.
He said: “Andy Carroll has been training very well with the squad and is preparing to make his return to the pitch with the first team very soon. Enner Valencia is doing very well. He had a Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) injection to stabilise his joint in his leg and is moving in the right direction. He is working twice a day and is rehabbing well.
“Alex underwent ankle surgery in June and has been working very hard on his rehabilitation and we are hopeful that he will be able to step up his recovery to the next level soon.”
Charlie Austin on failed move
Speaking to the Mail, Charlie Austin has discussed missing out on a move to the Premier League. Wanted by West Ham, Austin remained with QPR past the close of the transfer window, but he has claimed he was not disappointed to stay in the Championship for the 2015/16 campaign.
The hotshot forward said: “I'm not disappointed. It's a decision I've taken, with my family and agent. If the move happened, it was going to be big but it wasn't something I was going to rush in to.”
Premier League squad confirmed
As confirmed by the West Ham website, the Hammers have named their official 25-man squad for the Premier League. The list of players confirms that only named stars can be selected in the league by head coach Slaven Bilic, until the January 2016 transfer window.
The squad list, comprised of both overage and Under-21 players, is: Adrian, Morgan Amalfitano, Michail Antonio, Andy Carroll, James Collins, Aaron Cresswell, Doneil Henry, Nikica Jelavic, Carl Jenkinson, Cheikhou Kouyate, Manuel Lanzini, Victor Moses, Mark Noble, Joey O’Brien, Pedro Obiang, Angelo Ogbonna, Dimitri Payet, Darren Randolph, Winston Reid, Diafra Sakho, Alex Song, Raphael Spiegel, James Tomkins, Enner Valencia, Mauro Zarate, Josh Cullen, Stephen Hendrie, Sam Howes, Kyle Knoyle, Elliot Lee, Lewis Page, Martin Samuelsen and Reece Oxford