Hammers duo set for debuts

Hammers duo set for debuts

Avram Grant could hand debuts to striker Victor Obinna and right-back Lars Jacobsen as he aims to end West Ham’s faltering start to the season against Barclays Premier League champions Chelsea.

Robert Green has recovered from hip surgery and is expected to start in goal but there are doubts over Thomas Hitzlsperger and Danny Gabbidon who are struggling with thigh and hamstring injuries respectively.

Valon Behrami is likely to make his first appearance of the season after overcoming a thigh injury while long-term absentees Zavon Hines, Jack Collison and Peter Kurucz (all knee) remain sidelined.

Team (from): Green, Stech, Boffin, Upson, Tomkins, Ilunga, Ben Haim, Gabbidon, Spector, Da Costa, Reid, Daprela, Jacobsen, Behrami, Noble, Parker, Kovac, Barrera, Faubert, Boa Morte, Dyer, McCarthy, Sears, Nouble, Stanislas, Piquionne, Cole, McCarthy, Obinna.

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