West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic is hopeful of bringing Diafra Sakho back into his side ahead of the clash with Tottenham Hotspur. The Hammers host Spurs in Wednesday's (2 March) huge London derby at Upton Park, with the home side looking to put a dent in their opponent's Premier League title hopes.
Tottenham will start the evening in second place, hoping to keep chase with leaders Leicester City – who are in action on Tuesday night – but West Ham will have some added firepower on hand to try and shoot down those title dreams.
"Sakho has been training with us for a week and we will see him today," Bilic told a press conference, relayed via the club's Twitter account. "He might be in the squad. We have some players back and Winston Reid and Enner Valencia will be back. We hope to have both of them back in the next week."
Sakho has not played since picking up a thigh injury in November 2015, having scored five times for the club by that point in the season. Andy Carroll meanwhile limped off after just 12 minutes in a league match in January against Bournemouth, but has made a handful of appearances off the bench in February as he bids to return to full fitness.
Having been delighted with the striker's contribution coming off the bench, Bilic has not ruled out the England international starting against Tottenham. "Andy Carroll is an important player for us. He is at the stage where he is making a huge impact when he comes on. He got injured against Bournemouth but he is back and there is a question in my head – is he back for 90 minutes? We will decide."
Bilic will be without Sam Byram however, who is set to serve a two-match suspension. "We are without Sam Byram. It is hard to believe a player of his stature has got 10 bookings and will be out for two games."