West Ham have been handed some encouraging injury news ahead of a vital game at Everton.

The Hammers travel to Goodison Park on Sunday, aiming to move off the bottom of the league table.

West Ham are yet to pick up their first point this season, following four consecutive Premier League defeats.

But according to Football.London journalist Sam Inkersole, Mark Noble and Arthur Masuaku should be available for selection this weekend.

These extra options in midfield and defence could prove to be timely boosts for the Irons.

Masuaku at left-back?

Masuaku played the opening three games of the season but was left out of the squad to face Wolves with a minor injury problem.

In his absence, Aaron Cresswell was recalled to the starting XI to fill the left-back void.

Cresswell has received criticism for under-performing and his cynical and unsuccessful attempt at tripping Adama Traore allowed the winger to race in on goal and win the game for Wolves.

Masuaku has now recovered from his knock and Manuel Pellegrini faces a selection dilemma.

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 25: Arthur Masuaku of West Ham United during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on August 25, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

Should he restore the Frenchman or stick with Cresswell on the left side of defence?

 

Masuaku offers more going forward with his pace, direct approach and ability to beat defenders with deceptive skill.

The 24-year-old is a threat when bombing on but his defensive abilities have been questioned.

However, Cresswell has also shown defensive frailties so Pellegrini has a decision to make.

Noble back in midfield?

Pellegrini will also need to decide whether he recalls Noble to the starting line-up.

The experienced midfielder was an unused substitute for the match against Wolves after returning to the bench.

1st September 2018, London Stadium, London, England; EPL Premier League football, West Ham United versus Wolverhampton Wanderers; Mark Noble of West Ham United applauding the West Ham United fans as a substitute during the 2nd half while warming up (photo by John Patrick Fletcher/Action plus via Getty Images)

West Ham have a few options in central midfield but no one has cemented their place yet.

Jack Wilshere and Pedro Obiang have been substandard, while Carlos Sanchez looked good until he gifted Wolves their stoppage time winner.

Declan Rice is another option for Pellegrini in the middle but the Chilean might opt for experience at Goodison Park.

Noble knows his limitations but the club captain embodies passion, work ethic and provides tenacity in midfield.

With West Ham in a slump, it could be Noble’s leadership that sees them pick up their first points of the season.

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