By Will Butcher
Slaven Bilic is in optimistic fashion over the fitness of West Ham trio Andy Carroll, Robert Snodgrass and Jose Fonte after revealing they picked up knocks against Chelsea.
All three remained on the pitch for the entire 90 minutes against London rivals Chelsea during the 2-1 loss at the London Stadium.
Bilic told West Ham’s official Twitter account that Carroll and Snodgrass picked up cuts against Antonio Conte’s league leaders, but both are available to face Bournemouth this weekend.
However, the former Croatia manager was less confident on the availability of defender Fonte, who picked up a knock on Monday night.
“Andy and Snodgrass both had cuts,” Bilic told media ahead of Saturday’s away trip to Bournemouth.
“Snodgrass had stitches, but both are fit. Fonte also felt something, but we are optimistic.”
BILIC: "Andy and Snodgrass both had cuts. Snodgrass had stitches, but both are fit. Fonte also felt something, but we are optimistic."
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England international Carroll suffered a nasty cut to the head after clashing heads with former Hammers Victor Moses during Monday’s encounter, leaving a cut just above his left eye.
However, the former Liverpool and Newcastle star is expected to lead the line again after returning from a groin injury to face Chelsea.
Fans will be hoping their number nine can continue his impressive recent form which has seen the 28-year-old score four goals in his last five outings.
January signings Snodgrass and Fonte could also start in Bilic’s side, as they look to repeat the reverse fixture against Eddie Howe’s Cherries after beating Bournemouth 1-0 in August.
Three points for the Hammers could see them climb to ninth in the league table, leapfrogging Southampton and Stoke if both sides lose.
In other West Ham news, Bilic was full of admiration for Chief Executive Karren Brady.