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Bilic welcomes Arnautovic return

2017-09-15 10:56:05, Views: 98, ICS

Bilic welcomes Arnautovic return

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic has confirmed Marko Arnautovic will be in the squad for the trip to West Brom after serving his suspension.

The Austria international is in contention again having missed the last three matches following his sending off at Southampton and Bilic says he is happy to have the summer signing back given the selection headache his return posses.

Meanwhile, Mark Noble will be absent once again, despite having made progress in his recovery from a knee problem.

The match will also come too soon for Edimilson Fernandes and Manuel Lanzini who are recovering from ankle and knee injuries respectively.

Andy Carroll could keep his place up front after impressing on his first start of the season in the 2-0 win over Huddersfield and Bilic says the club continue to carefully manage his fitness given all his injury problems in the hope he can string together a run of games.

"There are some players – and Andy's one – that you have to find special treatment for, for training," Bilic told the club website. "You can’t treat him like a 20-year-old, who can train for six hours a day, but of course he has got to train.

"You can’t treat him like Declan Rice or Domingos Quina. But you need to find a balance. That is exactly what we are doing now.

"It’s good at the moment and we are hoping that is going to last."



Provisional Squad: Hart, Adrian, Zabaleta, Byram, Masuaku, Cresswell, Reid, Ogbonna, Collins, Fonte, Obiang, Kouyate, Arnautovic, Rice, Antonio, Ayew, Sakho, Hernandez, Carroll.



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