English Premier League
Newcastle vs West Ham
Date: Saturday, August 26, 2017
Time: 10:00am ET
Venue: St James’ Park, Newcastle upon Tyne
Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey serves the final game of a three-match ban, while defenders DeAndre Yedlin and Florian Lejeune are still sidelined.
Dwight Gayle returns but Rolando Aarons faces a fitness test.
Fit-again Manuel Lanzini is included in the West Ham squad for the first time this season but Marko Arnautovic is suspended and Winston Reid remains out.
Cheikhou Kouyate is back in contention after a cameo in Wednesday’s win against Cheltenham.
Andy Carroll is also back in training after his latest lay-off with a thigh problem and will be assessed.
After two league defeats Newcastle could do with a win but will be wary of the aerial threat posed by West Ham’s Andy Carroll on the former local hero’s latest return to Tyneside. If Rafael Benítez has problems, so does his opposite number. Slaven Bilic is well aware of the persistent rumours suggesting West Ham would not be averse to replacing him with a Newcastle counterpart openly unhappy with Mike Ashley’s transfer market parsimony.