West Ham: Cresswell fitness update; Obiang quotes on Zaha; ex-player narrowly avoids arrest
In some great news for the club, the Daily Star report that first choice left back Aaron Cresswell is in contention to start the upcoming clash at Selhurst Park against Crystal Palace after the international break. Arthur Masuaku was signed as cover after the ex-Ipswich man picked up a knee injury in pre-season but has picked up an injury of his own, leaving Alvaro Arbeloa as the only option in a position he isn’t comfortable.
Slaven Bilic will hope that the return of one of his key players will help to firm up a leaky backline and put an end to some poor form which leaves the Hammers at the wrong end of the table as we reach mid-October.
However, one man who has already proven his doubters wrong this season is Spanish holding midfielder Pedro Obiang. The youngster has backed new striker Simone Zaza to follow in his footsteps and do the same as he told the club website:
“We just need one goal from Simone and I am sure that everything will change. We have many quality players. In the last ten-years this is one of the best squads that West Ham have ever had. We need to find that spirit which saw the team have such a success season last year and all the players come together like we did against Middlesbrough.”
Zaza has failed to impress in the opening weeks of his career in London and is yet to find the net since joining on loan from Juventus just before the transfer window slammed shut, but rumours suggest that a £17.7 million permanent deal will be triggered if he makes five more appearances for the club.
Enner Valencia may well have left the Irons for Everton in the summer but he is still in the news. Having fallen behind in his child support payments, there is a warrant for arrest in his native Ecuador, which proved problematic when he returned to his homeland on international duty.
De Ripley. Enner Valencia salió en camilla, casi lo arrestan y lo llevaron con prisa a la ambulancia y así salió del estadio. Que cosas. pic.twitter.com/I7VnAWYLC3
— Andrés Muñoz Araneda (@andresmunoza) October 6, 2016
The forward came off the field as a substitute during the game against Chile in a paramedic vehicle and raced to a nearby ambulance, chased by police, as he jumped in and was whisked away by the ambulance and out of the stadium as he evaded arrest in a bizarre encounter.
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