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Trio set to return for Newcastle trip

Filed: Thursday, 14th January 2016
By: Staff Writer

Cheikhou Kouyate, Mauro Zarate and Vic Moses should all be available for this weekend's trip to Newcastle, says Saven Bilic.

Neither the midfielders nor the striker were available for the 3-1 win at Bournemouth on Tuesday night due to injury - minor ones in the case of both Kouyate and Zarate, who pulled out less than 24 hours before kick off.

However Bilic expects all three players to return to his match day squad this weekend, when West Ham face a resurgent Newcastle at St James' Park.

"Victor Moses started to train with the team the day before Bournemouth so he's available," confirmed the manager. "He's training with us today and tomorrow so we're going to see what shape he's in before the game.

"Cheikhou Kouyate missed the game at Bournemouth as he felt a little bit [of a strain]. He was 80, 85 per cent fit and maybe he could have played. But as he's a very physical player, who's played all the games for us, we opted to rest him and give him a few days off so he'd be 100 per cent [for Newcastle].

"After training the day before the Bournemouth game, Mauro Zarate was shooting and taking free kicks and felt kind of a cramp. But he's also training today and should be fit for Saturday.

"Meanwhile [Diafra] Sakho is progressing really well and [Manuel] Lanzini is in rehab."

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