The magnificent seven for West Ham as whole host of stars including Andy Carroll are fighting fit after injuries

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Slaven Bilic has been handed a major boost with the news that no fewer than seven injured players are fit or have returned to training.

In his regular update on West Ham's official website, the club's head of medical and sports science, Stijn Vandenbroucke, revealed the positive news ahead of the resumption of Premier League action at Crystal Palace this weekend.

And Bilic faces a number of selection dilemmas ahead of that game if news from the treatment room is anything to go by.

That's because no fewer than five injured first team players could return, with strikers Enner Valencia and Andy Carroll and defenders Angelo Ogbonna and Joey O'Brien all back in full training.

Meanwhile, left-back Aaron Cresswell - who is yet to miss a game for the Hammers since signing from Ipswich Town last summer - should be fine despite picking up a knock in training and key defender Winston Reid, who had to come off injured last time out at Sunderland, is also fighting fit for Palace.

As if that wasn't good news enough for Hammers fans and Bilic there was also a positive update on the return to fitness of Barcelona loanee Alex Song.

'We were delighted with the way he came through'

Both Valencia and Carroll played in a behind-closed-doors friendly match against Reading during the international break as they continue to work their way towards full fitness following long spells out.

"Enner has been out for two months with a high ankle injury and we were delighted with the way he came through after playing for 20 minutes," Vandenbroucke told

"Enner and Andy have been joined in full training by Angelo, who joined the squad at the end of last week.

"All three of them will enjoy another full week of training this week ahead of Saturday’s London derby at Crystal Palace.

"Alex Song is now training with the first-team rehab fitness coach to get to the necessary level of fitness after five months without football."

Injury return salvo comes at a good time

As well as the positive injury news there was also an update on the Hammers' international stars James Collins, Diafra Sakho and Cheikhou Kouyate who all returned to the club unscathed after spending time away with Wales and Senegal.

In light of the international break and the all the travelling that entails, the return of the injured players has come at the perfect time for Bilic.

The club will be mindful not to burn out crucial players like Sakho, their main goal threat, and Kouyate, who is so key in the middle of the park.

Bilic will want whoever faces Alan Pardew's side to be on their mettle given how impressive the Eagles have been so far this season.

Like West Ham they are a pacy attacking outfit and having a strong bench could prove crucial in what promises to be a tight and entertaining game.

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