West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini could be facing more than one selection dilemma this weekend.

As West Ham prepare to take on Leicester City, he has an injury crisis on his hands.

Andriy Yarmolenko has joined the long-term injury list, while Pedro Obiang was missing for the Tottenham Hotspur game.

Pellegrini hopes to have Obiang back and fit for next Saturday. But he will have to consider his alternative options in case the Spaniard does not recover from his knock in time.

Here are four players that could fill the third central midfield spot – alongside Declan Rice and Mark Noble – in Pellegrini’s 4-3-3 system for the Leicester game.

Conor Coventry

Conor Coventry made his debut for West Ham against Macclesfield. (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images)

Coventry made his debut earlier this season, coming on at half-time in the 8-0 win over Macclesfield Town.

Selecting the Republic of Ireland under-19 midfielder would be a bold call by Pellegrini, given his lack of playing time.

But the 18-year-old is highly rated and has been training with the first-team so you can’t rule it out.

Moses Makasi

Moses Makasi was on loan at Plymouth Argyle last season. (Photo by Richard Martin-Roberts – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Alternatively, West Ham could turn to another academy midfielder in Makasi.

The 23-year-old has just recovered from a long-term injury which he picked up during a loan spell with Plymouth Argyle last season.

 

Makasi was excellent with the Pilgrims and has patiently waited for his chance.

Is it time for the tough-tackling midfielder to make the step up to the first-team?

Pablo Zabaleta

Pablo Zabaleta usually operates at right-back. (photo by John Patrick Fletcher/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Pellegrini could consider moving his first-choice right-back, Zabaleta, into midfield.

The ex-Argentina international played in central midfield a few times for Manchester City and Pellegrini could explore this option.

This would mean using Ryan Fredericks at right-back for the Leicester game.

Given the pace of James Maddison, Ben Chilwell and Jamie Vardy on the break, this could be a viable move.

Reece Oxford

Reece Oxford is yet to feature for West Ham this season. (Photo by James Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images)

Oxford is the forgotten man at West Ham. Since making his debut at the age of 16, he has failed to nail down a regular spot in the side.

Predominantly playing in central defence for the academy side, this would be a big step up for the 19-year-old.

There are still hopes that Oxford can make it at first-team level and testing him in the Premier League could be a good indication of where he is at.

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