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West Ham handed big boost ahead of Palace encounter

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Four first team players could be a doubt for Crystal Palace’s trip to the Boleyn Ground this weekend.

The likes of Yohan Cabaye, Mile Jedinak, Emmanuel Adebayor and Connor Wickham are all doubts for Crystal Palace’s clash with West Ham this Saturday.

Cabaye and Jedinak will have late fitness tests after they picked up injuries whilst on international duty. Adebayor is also struggling with a knock and Wickham’s thigh injury means he will not be fit in time to face the Hammers.

Cabaye has been one of Palace’s stand out performers this season whilst the injuries to Wickham and Adebayor will do little to help Pardew’s problems in the final third.

The picture looks a lot better from West Ham’s perspective as Slaven Bilic updated the press with the latest injury news ahead of Saturday’s match:

“James Tomkins is back, and the only players who are out are James Collins and Sam Byram. They are progressing really well, but they won’t be in the frame for the Palace game. Some players are still flying back tomorrow, like Victor Moses, but Payet is back from France. It’s not ideal, but we want to immediately get back into the shape that we were in before the break.”

Payet has been hugely impressive for France during the international break and many Hammers fans will be hoping that he continues his fine form against a weakened Palace side that have struggled for results recently.
Slaven Bilic also confirmed in today’s conference that the Hammers are close to wrapping up a deal for Valencia striker Toni Martinez:
“Terry Westley with the U21s does a great job, and if we finish [the deal], we will have one of the brightest young players from Valencia. All the other rumours are all speculation at the moment.”
Will the Hammers beat Palace this weekend to keep alive their top four hopes? 

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