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Major boost for West Ham as UEFA confirms double Frankfurt ban for Europa League semi-final

There is a major boost for West Ham as UEFA confirmed a double Frankfurt ban for the huge Europa League semi-final.

The semi-final first leg clash against German outfit Eintracht Frankfurt is now just over 48 hours away.

One of the biggest ties in West Ham’s history kicks off with the first leg at the London Stadium on Thursday night.

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West Ham saw off Lyon in the quarter-finals while Frankfurt beat Barcelona to set up a repeat of the European Cup Winners Cup semi-final of 1976.

Hammers boss David Moyes and his players will be well aware of the threat posed by Oliver Glasner’s Frankfurt side given some of the opposition they have beaten so far.

Frankfurt – ninth in the Bundesliga – warmed up for first leg against West Ham with a 2-2 draw against Hoffenheim.

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West Ham’s reserve team meanwhile were harshly beaten 1-0 by Chelsea in the last minute of a valiant display at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

West Ham have issues in defence going into the game with doubts over injured duo Kurt Zouma and Issa Diop.

But there is a major boost for West Ham as UEFA have confirmed a double Frankfurt ban ahead of the Europa League semi-final.

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Some West Ham fans may already be aware that Frankfurt’s star centre-back Evan Ndicka faces suspension for the game.

That has now been confirmed by UEFA who have also stated that key defensive midfielder Kristijan Jakić is suspended for the game at West Ham as well.

UEFA confirmed the suspensions on its official site.

And European football’s governing body also published a predicted Frankfurt starting XI to face West Ham.

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“Frankfurt: Trapp; Touré, Tuta, Hinteregger; Knauff, Sow, Rode, Kostić; Kamada, Lindstrøm; Borré,” UEFA posted on its official site.

“Suspended: Jakić, Ndicka.”

Ahead of the game, West Ham’s Bundesliga opponents have ‘done a Lyon’ and posted comments belittling the Hammers on Twitter and their official website.

UEFA has also appointed the referee for the match, a Dutchman who has dished out 143 cards in 34 games.

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