McCarthy missing for Hammers

Striker Benni McCarthy misses West Ham’s home match with Birmingham with a knee injury picked up against Burnley on Saturday.

Long-term casualties Kieron Dyer, Danny Gabbidon and Guillermo Franco are still sidelined but Alessandro Diamanti returns and otherwise manager Gianfranco Zola reports a clean bill of health.

Team (from): Green, Faubert, Tomkins, Upson, Spector, Collison, Parker, Noble, Kovac, Behrami, Diamanti, Cole, Mido, Ilan, Stech, Ilunga, Da Costa.

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