West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has insisted he will not risk any of his players against Manchester United on Sunday unless they are 100% ready.
The Hammers currently have six players out injured and Allardyce says they will not take a gamble with their fitness, particularly with fixtures coming think and fast.
Speaking about the injury crisis, Allardyce said: ”It is obviously particularly worrying at the moment. I have got that many out that I have brought a list with me.
“[Winston] Reid, [James] Collins, [Guy] Demel, [Doniel] Henry, [Diego] Poyet and [Andy] Carroll all lie in our medical room at the moment. So we are not so sure how many of those are going to make Sunday’s game.
“With it being such a big week as well, because we have three games, there will be very few risks taken unless they are 100 per cent fit on Sunday.”
The news that another team has injury problems makes for a welcome change for Man United fans who have had to watch a seemingly endless list of players take a place on the sidelines this season.
Luke Shaw, Radamel Falcao, Rafael, Marcos Rojo and many others have all spent a large amount of time on the treatment table during this campaign but Michael Carrick is now United’s only injured player.
Andy Carroll’s absence for West Ham will be a particularly big boost for United as the striker has proven this season that he can be a handful for defenders.
The game at Upton Park will of course be a tough one but the London club will have considerably less power up top with Carroll out the team.