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.
Unless the team has changed since training yesterday morning https://t.co/qsLQdmnnVA
— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) April 29, 2017
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.
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