West Ham United v Newcastle

By , Posted on 14th September 2015 - Posted in: Sports And Design

West Ham United have been boosted by the news that Andy Carroll is in contention to make the squad for the visit of his old club Newcastle United in the Barclays Premier League on Monday.

Slaven Bilic confirmed West Ham have altered the striker’s training regime to help him avoid further niggling injuries and the Hammers manager could also hand a debut to three deadline-day signings. Victor Moses, Michail Antonio and Nikica Jelavic are all available to start but the match will come too soon for Alex Song (ankle), Mauro Zarate (hamstring), Joey O’Brien (calf) and Enner Valencia (knee), while goalkeeper Adrian serves the last fixture of a three-match ban.

The Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren will face Bilic for the first time since the two were against each other when Croatia beat England 3-2 in November 2007. The match denied England a place at UEFA Euro 2008 and brought an end to McClaren’s time in charge of the national side.

“We know it’s sport, it’s not life or death – although it nearly was for me that night!” McClaren joked. “We get on very well, we’ve the same passion for football. Slaven’s a good man, a good coach, a good manager and I think a perfect fit for West Ham. He’s a fantastic character.”

Bilic hails ‘quality’ McClaren

Andy Carroll's return to fitness has handed West Ham a boost

Andy Carroll’s return to fitness has handed West Ham a boost

Bilic himself admires the way McClaren got his coaching career back on track in the Netherlands and Germany prior to his return to English football, although he insists their rivalry matters little when it comes to the match at the Boleyn Ground.

“That game wasn’t Steve McClaren-Slaven Bilic, it was England-Croatia and on Monday it’s West Ham-Newcastle. I had sympathy for Steve, like I have sympathy now for the Croatia coach [Niko Kovac] who was sacked this week because we lost in Oslo.

“I rate him big, big time. He was brave enough and had enough quality to prove himself in different leagues and now he’s back in the Premier League and I’m glad for him.”

Newcastle, who have scored just twice in their opening four Barclays Premier League matches, are without Aleksandar Mitrovic, who is banned, while Emmanuel Riviere (knee) remains sidelined. Mike Williamson (elbow) and Paul Dummett (hamstring) are doubtful, while Sylvain Marveaux (groin) and Curtis Good (hip) are out.

West Ham have won one of their last five BPL meetings with Newcastle and only two of their last nine at home to the Magpies. McClaren’s men have earned only two points from their nine previous way matches in the top, although the last came in a 0-0 draw with Manchester United in August.

West Ham United (from): Randolph, Spiegel, Collins, Cresswell, Demel, Henry, Jenkinson, Ogbonna, Oxford, Reid, Tomkins, Amalfitano, Antonio, Cullen, Kouyate, Lanzini, Moses, Noble, Obiang, Payet, Samuelsen, Carroll, Jelavic, Lee, Sakho.

Newcastle United (from): Darlow, Elliot, Krul, Coloccini, Dummett, Haidara, Janmaat, Lascelles, Mbemba, Taylor, Williamson, Aarons, Anita, Bigirimana, Colback, De Jong, Gouffran, Obertan, Sissoko, Thauvin, Tiote, Wijnaldum, Cisse, Perez, Toney.