Team news: Chicharito and Diangana start at Leicester


Chicharito returns to the West Ham United starting XI for Saturday evening’s clash with Leicester City, as Marko Arnautovic misses out with illness.

The Mexico striker starts in the Premier League for the second time this season, supported by wingers Felipe Anderson and Grady Diangana.

Twenty-year-old Diangana makes his first start in the top flight, having come off the bench in the recent matches against Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.

Diangana is one of three Academy graduates in the Hammers eleven, alongside skipper Mark Noble and Declan Rice, while Robert Snodgrass completes the visitors’ midfield.

At the back, Arthur Masuaku comes back in for Aaron Cresswell, while Fabian Balbuena and Issa Diop continue at centre-half.

Youngsters Conor Coventry and Joe Powell impressed off the bench in last month’s Carabao Cup victory against Macclesfield Town and they are named among the substitutes at the King Power Stadium.

West Ham United: Fabianski, Zabaleta, Balbuena, Diop, Masuaku, Rice, Noble, Snodgrass, Diangana, Felipe Anderson, Chicharito
Subs: Adrian, Fredericks, Cresswell, Ogbonna, Coventry, Powell, Antonio

Leicester City: Schmeichel, Amartey, Soyuncu, Maguire, Chilwell, Iborra, Ndidi, Maddison, Albrighton, Ghezzal, Iheanacho
Subs: Ward, Evans, Mendy, Pereira, Gray, Vardy, Okazaki

Referee: Michael Oliver