West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has yet to decide whether to take a 'calculated risk' on Andy Carroll and put the striker in his squad for the trip to Cardiff following his return to training after a long-term heel injury.
Centre-back James Tomkins is back following a groin problem but Winston Reid (ankle), and James Collins (groin) remain sidelined and captain Kevin Nolan is still suspended.
Craig Bellamy is back from a knee injury as Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer takes charge of a Premier League game for the first time.
Bellamy has been sidelined for two months with hamstring and knee problems but has trained this week ahead of the clash with the Hammers.
New signing Magnus Wolff Eikrem looks set to be named on the bench after arriving from Heerenveen earlier in the week.