West Ham United manager David Moyes has told fans in his London Evening Standard column that he has been mightily impressed with midfielder Josh Cullen - after the youngster's tooth was knocked out against Shrewsbury Town.
Cullen, 21, returned from a loan at Championship side Bolton Wanderers earlier this month and made just his fifth career West Ham appearance of the season in Sunday's 0-0 draw against Shrewsbury Town in the third round of the FA Cup.
The Republic of Ireland Under-21 captain had his tooth knocked out during the match, and is now a doubt for Saturday's trip to face relegation rivals Huddersfield at the John Smith's Stadium.
Moyes revealed to fans that he wants the Hammers academy graduate to be in the Hammers squad for Saturday's game, and claimed that the Hammers are even trying to have a gum shield made to protect his mouth.
"There is no hiding the fact that we didn’t play well in the FA Cup at Shrewsbury last Sunday but one of the positives was young Josh Cullen in midfield," Moyes said.
"He was one of our best players and showed a great deal of character and courage to play on after he had been kicked in the face and lost a tooth. These things are noticed by people.
"They see you rolling up your sleeves, going back and getting on with it and they are impressed. I’m expecting him to be in the squad for tomorrow’s game. We are trying to get a gum shield made for him to protect his mouth."
West Ham will be without Michail Antonio while Andy Carroll is a doubt, but Aaron Cresswell, Manuel Lanzini and Marko Arnautovic are all set to return as well as veteran James Collins.
Three points for the Hammers will see them climb into 11th place, if Brighton and Hove Albion, Newcastle United and Crystal Palace all drop points.