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06 Mar

Taylor: Back from suspension

Taylor: Back from suspension

 

Team news ahead of West Ham’s Championship clash with Watford at Upton Park on Wednesday.

Matt Taylor returns to the West Ham squad for the visit of Watford.

The midfielder has missed the last three matches through suspension after he was sent off in the 1-1 draw with Southampton last month.

Defender Winston Reid could miss out again after he was knocked unconscious playing for New Zealand last week and winger Julien Faubert will be checked over having sat out Sunday’s win at Cardiff with a virus.

Midfielder Papa Bouba Diop is still on the sidelines with a hamstring injury, John Carew is struggling with a knee problem and fellow striker Freddie Piquionne has moved to Doncaster on loan.

Carlton Cole could be handed a start up front after coming off the bench at Cardiff.

Watford will continue to be without long-term injury victims Martin Taylor and Stephen McGinn for their Championship clash with West Ham.

Defender Taylor has a shoulder problem which is preventing him from being a part of manager Sean Dyche’s matchday squad, while midfielder McGinn is still not ready for a first-team return from a knee problem despite playing 45 minutes of a reserve team match last week – his first outing for a year.

Dyche hopes both players will feature for the second string next week as they step up their recoveries.

Midfielder Ross Jenkins, who has been on the periphery of the squad of late, has been ruled out with a groin strain, while Dyche will not be able to call on winger Gavin Massey because of a tooth infection.

Dyche may consider a starting role for on-loan Fulham man Alex Kacaniklic, who impressed off the bench during the 3-2 victory over Burnley on Saturday.

 
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