Paolo Returns

Paolo Di Canio will be in the squad to face Chelsea at the weekend, but caretaker manager Trevor Brooking says there are no guarantees about whether or not he is involved on the day.

"He has been training and it doesn't look as if he has the problem with the gastric situation now, so we will have a look at him, he will be in the squad, and we will look at him Saturday," says Trevor.

He dismisses the notion that Paolo, who has not started a game from the bench since joining West Ham, would refuse to do so now, and he explains:

"I think the discussion, when I first spoke to Paolo, was that I would like to get him fit first of all.

"But obviously nothing was guaranteed, and he will happy to play, be on the bench, or not involved - but he will be in the squad."

While the focus is clearly on winning the game - and who can forget Paolo's magnificent contribution in doing just that against Chelsea earlier in the season, and the two goals he scored? - if he is involved, and especially if he can help the Hammers to victory - it could provide a fitting Upton Park farewell for a player who has given fans so many magnificent memories in claret and blue over the years.

His last game in a West Ham shirt, since when some minor injury and illness problems have befallen Paolo, was when he came off at half time of the game at West Bromwich Albion.

One more trip to the Midlands, and another contribution to a win down the road from the Hawthorns at Birmingham City on the last day of the season, would be most welcome.