West Ham United boss David Moyes could be forced into one change for the trip to Sheffield United on Sunday.
The Hammers travel to Bramall Lane knowing a win over the Premier League’s bottom club could see them go as high as seventh.
And that would be deserved given the excellent manner Moyes’s side have negotiated a torridly difficult start to the season.
West Ham had two big injury doubts going into the international break.
Moyes has two injury concerns, may be forced into one change
Michail Antonio missed the last two games with a hamstring injury. And Angelo Ogbonna had to be substituted in the win over Fulham after hurting his groin.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference Moyes admitted he still does not know for sure if Antonio will be fit for a place in the squad come Sunday (whufc.com).
And the Scot also revealed Ogbonna has only started training with the West Ham squad in the last couple of days after having ‘an issue at the start of the week’.
Even if Antonio is passed fit after a fitness test, he will likely take a place on the bench.
Diop in if Ogbonna misses out but squad rejig on the cards regardless
If Ogbonna does not make it then Moyes will be forced into one change from the team that beat Fulham with Issa Diop coming in from the start.
The squad will also be rejigged this weekend.
Andriy Yarmolenko is unavailable after testing positive for Covid-19 while on international duty with Ukraine.
If Ogbonna is out, Craig Dawson will be in the squad for the first time since signing on loan from Watford, taking the place on the bench vacated by Diop.
Antonio will take the place of Yarmolenko is passed fit for the squad.
Predicted Hammers line-up to face winless Blades
If that is the case then Moyes faces something of a dilemma. He will have to decide whether to leave out club captain Mark Noble or Robert Snodgrass.
If Antonio is not fit then both with likely make the cut.
The opposition will undoubtedly be fired up to try and get their first win of the season.
But Chris Wilder has an injury headache with potentially three key players missing – read full story here.
Predicted West Ham starting XI to face the Blades based on Ogbonna being passed fit:
Fabianski, Coufal, Balbuena, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Masuaku, Fornals, Rice, Soucek, Bowen, Haller.