West Ham manager Slaven Bilic expects to be boosted by the return of injured trio Dimitri Payet, Winston Reid and Victor Moses for the visit of Liverpool on Saturday.
Midfielder Payet, defender Reid and winger Moses are all on course to return to the squad after spells on the sidelines.
Payet was one of the Premier League’s most impressive performers until he suffered an ankle injury against Everton in early November, and his availability will be a major boost to manager Slaven Bilic.
“Hopefully some of the players will be back now, against Liverpool,” said Bilic. “Payet, Reidy, Moses. It’s only Diafra Sakho who we will be without for another four or five weeks.
“Dimitri started to train with the team on Sunday. He looks good, his ankle is very stable and the target is the game against Liverpool. I am delighted he is going to be with us for that game.”
With Manuel Lanzini and Andy Carroll making their returns as substitutes against Southampton on Monday evening, West Ham’s injury crisis finally looks like easing.
Carroll’s 79th-minute header secured a 2-1 win – the Hammers’ first victory in nine attempts – after Michail Antonio had cancelled out Carl Jenkinson’s first-half own-goal.
But Bilic added: “I want to praise the other players who have been picking up points without them. That was crucial, but now with them back it should be better.
“It’s good for me. It’s hard to drop the other players but it’s all about competition. If we want to be a big club, and if you want to get through periods like this with all the injuries, then you need a squad.
“That’s the only way you can have the long-term success that the chairmen and the fans want.”