Nikola Vlasic will be back and available for selection for West Ham vs Sevilla in the Europa League on Thursday night.

The Hammers face our most important game on Thursday night arguably since the FA Cup final back in 2006 and certainly since the play-off final against Blackpool at Wembley in 2012.

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West Ham lost 1-0 vs Sevilla in the first-leg of our Europa League last 16 tie last Thursday in The Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium.

The tie is still very much alive though and the Hammers have everything to play for. A place in the quarter-finals in April is still very much within our grasp. Just typing that felt rather surreal!

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Yesterday’s win against Aston Villa was hugely important for everyone involved with West Ham. Losing Michail Antonio and Aaron Cresswell to injury was undoubtedly a huge blow though.

Having said that, it seems as though there is slightly better news on the horizon…

Player back for West Ham vs Sevilla

The lack of strength in depth on our bench yesterday was a real worry for every West Ham fan. And it must have been for David Moyes as well.

Thankfully we got through the game against Aston Villa with a vital three points. And our attention now turns to Sevilla.

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We could have Nikola Vlasic back for the game against the Spaniards according to high level insiders Claret and Hugh.

Whilst Vlasic probably won’t start against Sevilla, having him on the bench will at least provide Moyes with another senior option if he needs to mix things up on Thursday at the London Stadium.

That can only be a good thing, in spite of the 24-year-old’s struggles in a West Ham shirt this season.

Now all we need is for Antonio and Cresswell to be passed fit for the Europa League clash vs Sevilla.

It is a hugely important night and the end result could end up shaping the remainder of our season.

A win by two goals or more will take us through to the quarter-finals. And if the Hammers get in the Sevilla players’ faces straight away from the kick-off, we will have every chance of winning the match.

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