Report claims Reece Oxford is set to start West Ham's game with Everton due to Hammers' injury crisis

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James Collins became the latest name to be ruled out after sustaining an injury in the Premier League clash with Tottenham.

The Daily Mirror are claiming that West Ham boss Slaven Bilic may be forced to hand Reece Oxford his first start since August when the Hammers come up against Everton on Saturday as the club's injury problems in defence worsened on Wednesday night.

James Collins was forced off shortly after the hour mark of the Irons' clash with Tottenham, and the Mirror reports that while the club are still awaiting results from a scan, they fear they will be without the Welshman until next month.

And with both James Tomkins and Winston Reid also on the sidelines, the Mirror claims that Bilic is ready to select the 17-year-old to play alongside Angelo Ogbonna for the trip to Goodison Park.

While Oxford has been mightily impressive since making his first-team debut at the start of the season, the Hammers boss may be concerned about the youngster's lack of experience, especially as he could be lining up against one of the most lethal strikers in the Premier League currently, Romelu Lukaku.

Bilic will surely take plenty of encouragement from the way that the prospect coped on his league debut which came away at Arsenal on the opening day of the season. Although he played as a midfielder on that occasion, he was instrumental in keeping the Gunners' cluster of attacking stars quiet, and Bilic will be hoping that he can have a similar impact against the Toffees.

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