Sakho and Reid set to face Villans

West Ham United have been handed a double injury boost with news that Diafra Sakho and Winston Reid should both be fit to face Aston Villa.

With Andy Carroll also edging ever closer to a return following his recovery from a long-term ankle problem, manager Sam Allardyce could have a selection headache come Saturday afternoon.

Sakho missed Saturday's 2-2 Barclays Premier League draw at Stoke City with the shoulder injury he suffered late in the home win over Manchester City on 25 October.

Reid, meanwhile, was forced off with a dead leg midway through the first half at the Britannia Stadium following a collision with Potters midfielder Steven N'Zonzi.

However, Hammers Head of Medical and Sports Science Stijn Vandenbroucke confirmed that both will be available to face the Villans, barring any unforeseen setbacks.

"Winston came out of the game with a dead leg," Vandenbroucke confirmed. "He did not train on Monday but will train later in the week and will be available for the game on Saturday.

"Diafra ran individually on Monday at Chadwell Heath and will also be available for the game.

"Andy Carroll trained and played in a behind-closed-doors match last week, which he came though, and will continue to train this week.

"Guy Demel is suffering from a thigh problem, but we hope to have him available following the international break."

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