Slaven Bilic provides injury update on Cresswell, Reid, Ogbonna and Valencia ahead of Palace clash
PUBLISHED: 09:55 15 October 2015 | UPDATED: 10:04 15 October 2015
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West Ham boss Slaven Bilic admits he is unsure whether Aaron Cresswell or Winston Reid will be fit to face Crystal Palace on Saturday.
The pair have minor knocks and will train on Friday but are both touch and go to make the short trip south.
The Hammers travel to Selhurst Park on Saturday in an eagerly anticipated London derby which sees two of this season’s surprise packages meet.
Angelo Ogbonna will be fit to play, and could fill in at left back, but Alex Song and Enner Valencia are not available.
Bilic is unhappy that two key players may miss the game on Saturday but is not ruling them out.
“With Cresswell it is just a minor one, we will see today or tomorrow,” he said.
“With Reidy it is not a big one but we will see today or tomorrow if one, both or none of them are involved against Palace.
“I am pleased with the others returning though. They are all important players, we are pleased to have them back.
“Andy was only injured a little bit, it was only minor so he is fine.
“Valencia and Ogbonna are both back after longer injuries. Ogbonna has been training for two or three days.
“Valencia has been out since July, it was a long break, but he is back. He is a great player for us, he is one of the biggest assets on the pitch.
“He looks sharp, now it is just fitness to slowly get him into shape to be fit for a game. Although he played in that practice game, he only played 20 minutes, he still needs a few weeks.
“He is not in contention to play but when I see him in training and he is doing thing, I think maybe Saturday? But no we need to be safe.”
Alex Song could come into the squad in the next few weeks after not having a pre-season with Barcelona due to injury.
“Alex Song is two, maximum three weeks away,” Bilic said.
“He will be back with us now and then just to get his match fitness up.”