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West Ham United goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski says the pre-season environment has been more enjoyable to work in.

West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini has been handed a boost ahead of the opening match of the season as keeper Lukasz Fabianski is fit and available.

The Hammers have Roberto and David Martin standing by, but Fabianski has been given the all-clear and is expected to start in possibly the hardest home clash of the season, when they entertain current Premier League champions Manchester City.

Fabianski missed the final two pre-season games with a groin problem and had been a doubt, but he trained at the club on Thursday to prove his fitness.

Hammers boss Pellegrini has an embarrassment of riches to pick from after a good summer in the transfer window saw six new additions to the club.

At least two of them are set for home debuts, with club-record signing Sebastien Haller and exciting midfielder Pablo Fornals likely to be included.

Goncalo Cardoso and Albian Ajeti, two other additions, only trained with their new team-mates for the first time on Thursday morning, so are unlikely to feature.

Veteran Mark Noble is not yet fit as he continues to struggle with the leg injury that kept him out of the side for the second half of the last campaign.

Aaron Cresswell is expected to get the nod at left-back ahead of Arthur Masuaku, as he has featured in the last three pre-season games, whereas the DR Congo ace joined up with the squad late after his efforts in the Africa Cup of Nations.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has his usual star-studded squad to pick from although he is without German midfielder Leroy Sane.

The Bayern Munich target has damaged knee ligaments and is out for the foreseeable future, with a seven-month lay-off on the cards. It remains to be seen who Guardiola goes with on the left flank instead of Sane.

Benjamin Mendy has returned to fitness and is ready for action, while new signings Rodri, a club-record purchase from Atletico Madrid, and Angelino, from PSV, will both be hoping to feature.

City have a great record at the start of campaigns and are unbeaten in their last ten opening games, while West Ham lost their first four games last season, so will be expecting a lot better this time around, especially at home, where they were victorious in just nine of 19 games last term.

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