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TEAM NEWS ~ Fulham welcome West Ham ~ Prem MD 16 ~ 23/24

last updated Saturday 09th December 2023, 2:17 PM

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Fulham vrs West Ham

Premier League Match Day 16 23/24 at Craven Cottage

Sunday 10th December 2023    KO: 14:00

Paul Tierney (Lancashire)

Fulham manager Marco Silva
Fulham manager
Marco Silva
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There has been very little movement in the Fulham infirmary recently, but Silva confirmed at his pre-game press conference that Adama Traore and Rodrigo Muniz are "much closer" to making their returns from thigh and knee problems respectively.

Silva will assess the pair on Saturday before deciding whether they are ready to play against West Ham, but Issa Diop's foot injury is still giving him grief, and he is not expected to return until later this month.

Even if Traore and Muniz are given the green light to return to action, neither man will be expecting to force their way back into the starting XI, although one alteration could see Tim Ream return to the backline in place of Calvin Bassey following the American's well-earned midweek rest.

Fulham possible starting lineup:
Leno; Castagne, Adarabioyo, Ream, Robinson; Cairney, Palhinha; Iwobi, Pereira, Willian; Jimenez

West Ham United

West Ham United coach David Moyes
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West Ham, first-choice goalkeeper Alphonse Areola was ruled out of the win over Tottenham with a minor ligament injury in his wrist, which may or may not heal in time for the Frenchman to be involved at Craven Cottage.

Thirty-eight-year-old Lukasz Fabianski - who made his first league start of the season on Thursday - should be ready to continue as the last line of defence, while Michail Antonio may still need another couple of weeks of recovery from a knee problem.

While speculation surrounding a possible striker signing in January continues to rage, makeshift centre-forward Bowen joined an exclusive club on Thursday by scoring for the seventh Premier League away game running; only Sergio Aguero and Robin van Persie have previously achieved that feat.

West Ham possible starting lineup:
Fabianski; Coufal, Zouma, Aguerd, Emerson; Soucek, Alvarez; Kudus, Ward-Prowse, Paqueta; Bowen

Source Ben Knapton at SportsMole
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