West Ham United v Crystal Palace Team News
West Ham will be without goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski for Saturday evening’s Premier League clash against Crystal Palace at the London Stadium.
The 34-year-old Poland international is expected to be sidelined for up to three months after sustaining an injury while taking a free-kick against Bournemouth last weekend.
It means boss Manuel Pellegrini will call on Roberto, who joined the club on a free transfer from Espanyol, to fill the void.
The 33-year-old Spanish shot-stopper has only started in the Carabao Cup this season, but came off the bench in the 2-2 draw with the Cherries and will now get a chance to hold down the first-team shirt with Fabianski out of action.
Midfielder Jack Wilshere is back to full fitness, although he recently missed a day of training due to a slight muscle twinge, while defender Winston Reid and winger Michail Antonio remain sidelined with longer-term knee and hamstring problems.
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Palace will be without midfielder Luka Milivojevic, who serves a one-match ban following a fifth caution in last weekend’s win over Norwich.
Victor Camarasa could come into contention for a midfield berth, but boss Roy Hodgson refused to rule out the possibility of Max Meyer or James McCarthy being selected to face the Hammers.
He said: “Luckily in the midfield area we do have options, we have possibilities there. It’s not an area we’re short of options.
“It’s simply a case of replacing him with another midfield player, though we’re disappointed to lose him because he’s such an important cog in our wheel. He’s not one we’d want to lose going into a game of this magnitude.”
Defender Mamadou Sakho remains unavailable as he recovers from a muscular strain, while forward Connor Wickham has returned to training following an ankle problem but the game is set to come too soon.
West Ham go into the game sitting fifth in the table with 12 points from their opening seven games, while Palace are one point and four places below them.