By Wayne Veysey

29th Apr, 2017 | 12:35pm

West Ham mainstay dropped to the bench for clash against Stoke - Insider

By Harry Sykes

Winston Reid has been omitted from the West Ham team for their Premier League clash against Stoke on Saturday afternoon, according to a club insider.

The Twitter account Ex-WHU Employee reported ahead of the match that Reid will drop down to the bench due to a hamstring injury.

The centre-back is set to be replaced in the centre of defence by midfield anchorman Cheikhou Kouyate, with Mark Noble returning to midfield.

Ex-WHU Employee, who is a reliable source of Hammers news and has broken a number of stories about the club this season, claimed that Reid is in line to be a substitute “as a precaution” against the hamstring tightness he suffered against Everton last weekend.

Reid and Jose Fonte were paired in the centre of defence in the goalless draw against Everton, flanked by Arthur Masuaku and James Collins in the full-back positions.

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Kouyate was in central midfield last Saturday but has demonstrated his versatility in the past and now appears to have been given the nod to drop into defence, a position he has filled in the past.

The absence of Reid will be a blow as he has been a mainstay of the 14th-placed Premier League team this season, starting 27 of their 34 matches in the competition.

Meanwhile, West Ham striker Andy Carroll has been ruled out again with a groin injury, but Sam Byram joins Noble in being available for selection after suspension.

In other West Ham transfer news, Karren Brady has sensationally predicted this £50million summer deal.

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