Thursday, 4 October 2007

George's Dragon Breath

Mervyn Day has given a fitness update from Chadwell Heath this morning ahead of the Hammers' Premier League clash against Aston Villa on Saturday. Speaking on the official site, he said: "Anton Ferdinand won't be available and Craig Bellamy won't either. Scott Parker won't be available for a few weeks and Nigel Quashie and Calum Davenport are still recovering. Anton has a slight hamstring strain. Scott Parker has damaged his ligaments following that challenge from Matthieu Flamini on Saturday. Craig Bellamy has an ongoing groin problem and is seeing a consultant in Germany. He may need an operation but we'll find that out later today. I wouldn't have thought he'll be on international duty next week even in the best case scenario."

According to the Times, there were doubtless sighs of relief at Upton Park last night with the news that Parker should be fit to play in about three weeks. The midfield player caused great concern when he limped off with a knee injury at half-time during the 1-0 Barclays Premier League defeat at home to Arsenal on Saturday, with fears that the injury could keep him out for three months. Parker was playing his first league match for the club since returning from two months out with an injury to the same knee. A scan has revealed that the damage to the knee was far less serious than feared. Parker has suffered medial ligament damage, which is expected to heal within a month. It is hoped could return for the first game after the international break, against Sunderland on October 21, but more likely is the match against Portsmouth a week later.

In other news, Mark Noble has had a few less than flattering words to say about team-mate George McCartney. A small piece in the Mail states the Northern Ireland defender has found other ways to irritate those around him following his mid-air scrap with Keith Gillespie. "He wears the same clothes every day," claims Noble, who also describes McCartney's breath "as the thing in life which scares me most." Lastly, West Ham are tipped to knock Arsenal off the top of the Premier League of personalised car registrations. The number plate WE57 HAM is for sale and expected to fetch more than the £36,000 that was paid for AR53 NAL.

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