West Ham are set to give trio Javier Hernandez, Manuel Lanzini and Aaron Cresswell fitness tests ahead of their game at Tottenham on Saturday, according a report from BBC Sport.
None of the three players were involved in the match day squad for West Ham’s last game, a 2-2 draw against Leicester City at the London Stadium last weekend.
Hernandez missed out against Leicester due to an ear problem, which ended a run of two successive starts in the Premier League for the Mexican who has often been in and out of West Ham’s starting eleven this campaign.
The Hammers managed to score twice against Leicester in the absence of Hernandez, who has scored seven goals in 25 Premier League appearances so far this season, but will be hopeful the Mexican will be passed for their trip to Tottenham, as they aim to become the first away side to register both a goal and a positive result at Tottenham’s new stadium.
Lanzini has endured an injury hit campaign this term, making just eight appearances in the Premier League so far, his latest injury, a hamstring problem will be assessed ahead of West Ham’s trip to Tottenham.
Cresswell will also be assessed ahead of the clash against Tottenham, with West Ham missing his defensive presence as the Hammers conceded twice to draw against Leicester last time out.
Manuel Pellegrini will be hopeful that all three of Hernandez, Lanzini and Cresswell can come through fitness tests on Saturday. The Chilean’s side face the daunting task of playing against a Tottenham side who have looked rejuvenated since they finally moved into their new stadium at the beginning of April. Tottenham have won all four of their opening games at their new stadium without conceding a single goal, although Brighton and Hove Albion came within two minutes of holding them a draw in their last game. West Ham will need the respective qualities that the likes of Hernandez and Lanzini progress in the attacking third to help them register a result, while they will also need the defensive qualities of Cresswell to combat Tottenham’s attacking threats. A positive result for West Ham at Tottenham provide Pellegrini’s side with a major boost a solid but underwhelming first season under the Chilean draws to a close. West Ham will need all three of Hernandez, Lanzini and Cresswell fit again for the start of next season if they are to improve next term.