Team News: Hammers waiting on Coufal and Fredericks fitness

Vladimir Coufal


David Moyes will wait to assess the fitness of Vladimír Coufal and Ryan Fredericks ahead of Sunday’s Premier League meeting with Brentford.

The right backs were both absent for Thursday’s UEFA Europa League victory over Rapid Vienna, although the manager is hopeful they will both be available for selection when the Bees come to town.

Ben Johnson deputised in the 2-0 win against the Austrian side and Moyes was delighted with all the players who have come in and taken their chances, both in Europe and in the Carabao Cup.

The boss said in his pre-match press conference on Friday: “Vladimír Coufal has a chance for Sunday. I’m not sure about Ryan Fredericks. 

“They’re both not bad, so we’re not thinking that they’re too far away. There is a chance they could both be available and hopefully they’ll both be okay.

“The squad is really important and we’ve got to a situation where we have great trust in the players.  They went to Old Trafford and won 1-0 last week and we do need to use them because it is more games for us and it will be more taxing, but I think we have a pretty athletic and fit squad of players and as long as we keep them fit it will be good.

“I’m quite happy to keep rotating them round and give them opportunities to play.”


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