Reid and Carroll could miss Sunderland trip

  • by Staff Writer
  • Thursday, 1st October 2015

In-form defender Winston Reid is struggling for fitness ahead of this weekend's trip to Sunderland, says Hammers boss Slaven Bilic.

Bilic, speaking to the media this morning ahead of the trip to Wearside also revealed that Andy Carroll - whose presence in the penalty area led to Cheik Kouyate's dramatic late equaliser against Norwich last Saturday - is battling to shake off a knock.

"Carroll will train with the fitness coach today," said Bilic. "If it goes well. he will train with us tomorrow.

"Winston Reid is doubtful because he feels something in his back or hip area. They've told me it's nothing major, but he had to quit training yesterday. So they are small things, but they may be enough to prevent one or two players from playing."

However there s better news where one or two others are concerned, with Enner Valencia, Alex Song and Angelo Ogbonna all close to returning from long spells on the sidelines.

"Enner Valencia has been working hard to reach the level of fitness that is required to train with the squad," Head of Medical and Sports Science, Stijn Vandenbroucke, told

"We had the official team photo on Tuesday and trained at the Boleyn Ground in the morning. We used the stadium stairs to do some fitness work with Enner and Alex Song; Alex is doing fine, working with the ball and is on schedule.

"Angelo Ogbonna has entered the final stages of rehab and will join full training soon."

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