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West Ham stars return to training tomorrow as insider lifts lid on pre-season plans but uncertainty over manager and coaches
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West Ham stars return to training tomorrow as insider lifts lid on pre-season plans but uncertainty over manager and coaches

West Ham United return to pre-season training tomorrow after six weeks off.

The Hammers brought the curtain down on last season in style with a 3-0 win over Southampton on May 23rd that sealed the club’s best ever Premier League points total and Europa League football.

Now West Ham are gearing up for a jam-packed season as David Moyes looks to continue the club’s rise.

West Ham’s first team squad will report for the first official day of pre-season training on Friday.

It is likely to be a light session with fitness levels being assessed and training plans mapped out.

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West Ham set to be missing eight players due to Euros, international action and departure

Five players who won’t be at training include Declan Rice, Tomas Soucek, Vladimir Coufal, Andriy Yarmolenko and Lukasz Fabianski.

The first four have made it to the last eight of Euro 2020 with England, Czech Republic and Ukraine respectively. And while Fabianski’s Poland were knocked out at the group stage last week, the goalkeeper will be on a holiday break before returning to training at Rush Green.

It is not clear whether Said Benrahma will be at West Ham’s training return on Friday after his involvement with the Algeria squad earlier in June.

Pablo Fornals may also be absent as he was called up to a Spain back-up training squad for the Euros after positive Covid tests in their camp.

Training will be another man light after Fabian Balbuena officially left the club yesterday following the expiration of his contract.

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New arrivals may train with first team to beef up squad numbers and be assessed

It also remains to be seen whether the new additions to West Ham’s academy side – Pierre Ekwah Elimby, Armstrong Oko-flex and Thierry Nevers – will meet up for initial assessment and training with the first team to beef up numbers.

It will also be interesting to see whether Felipe Anderson returns for pre-season training with a return to Lazio reportedly in the offing.

Speaking on the latest West Ham Way podcast this week, Hammers insider ExWHUemployee lifted the lid on the club’s plans for the pre-season return.

“The players resume training – or come back for pre-season on Friday,” ExWHUemployee said on The West Ham Way podcast.

“Obviously there’s not going to be that many players there because all the players that have been at the Euros and stuff will be granted extra release time and hopefully players like Declan won’t even be back from the Euros yet (as it means England are doing well). So it will be a depleted squad.

“I think they’re doing another fitness camp in Scotland (for pre-season) from memory and then they’ve got fixtures up in Scotland as well, they play Celtic and Dundee and then there’s other fixtures thrown in there too.”

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Hammers set for Scotland again but uncertainty over management team for training return

It is not clear whether manager David Moyes will be present as he is working as a technical observer for UEFA at the Euros, where he has admitted to not being overly impressed with any individuals so far.

Alan Irvine may not be at the training return either having stepped down from his role as assistant manager to be closer to his family up north. Although there is talk Irvine could be named the club’s new head of recruitment, a role that does not require him to physically be in London day to day.

His reported replacement as West Ham assistant will be former Hammers coach Billy McKinlay. But there has been no official confirmation of his re-appointment as yet.

Another of Moyes’s West Ham assistants, Stuart Pearce, is working for talkSPORT at the Euros so it is also unclear whether he will be at Rush Green.

That may mean Paul Nevin, Kevin Nolan and Xavi Valero oversee the first day back with the club’s fitness coaches.

West Ham also look set to unveil the club’s new away kit on Friday to tie in with the players returning to pre-season training.