West Ham may not have a game this weekend, but some Hammers are in action during the international break.

Four senior players currently on West Ham’s books are away with their countries, while two loan players are also in action.

Sead Haksabanovic, who is on loan at Malaga, will play for Montenegro. He has earned a senior call-up.

Can the midfielder inspire his country to victory in their upcoming fixtures?


Montenegro have two UEFA Nations League games coming up. They are in Group 4 of the C League.

Haksabanovic’s first fixture is against Romania, at the Stadionul Ilie Oană in ‎Ploiești on Friday.

Then, on Monday, Montenegro host Lithuania.

Will he play?

After switching allegiance from Sweden, Haksabanovic has played twice for Montenegro.


Both games, he has come off the substitutes’ bench and has only played 28 minutes in total.

The 19-year-old is unlikely to start but he could get minutes from the bench.

IPSWICH, ENGLAND – JULY 28: Sead Haksabanovic of West Ham United in action during the pre-season friendly match between Ipswich Town and West Ham United at Portman Road on July 28, 2018 in Ipswich, England. (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images)

Who is he up against?

The Romanian national side includes Vlad Chiriches – a familiar name in London.

Chiriches spent two years with Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League and really struggled to find his feet in England.

during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Tottenham Hotspur at Britannia Stadium on May 9, 2015 in Stoke on Trent, England.

Haksabanovic could target the centre-half, now at Napoli, and bring back his English nightmares.

Nottingham Forest’s Costel Pantilimon, formerly of Manchester City, Sunderland and Watford, could start in goal for Romania. The 6ft 8in stopper is an intimidating presence between the sticks.

There are no familiar faces in the Lithuania side to English football fans, but Hibernian midfielder Vykintas Slivka could feature.

How can this help West Ham?

Haksabanovic is still a way off being first-team ready but international football will help prepare him.

The talented teenager has the potential to provide the attacking spark missing from West Ham’s midfield at the moment.

He is still waiting for his Malaga debut but an impressive cameo for Montenegro will get the ball rolling for him this season.

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