Confirmed: Bilic regular forced to withdraw from West Ham clash v Burnley
By Matt Farr
West Ham midfield ace Havard Nordtveit has been forced to withdraw from the matchday squad to face Burnley, it has been confirmed.
The club confirmed on their official Twitter account on Sunday afternoon ahead of their final Premier League match of the season, that the 26-year-old will miss out through back pain.
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The West Ham summer signing had travelled with the matchday squad, and could have had a major role to play for Slaven Bilic’s side.
The Norway international has been a regular under Bilic this term, and has made 22 appearances in all competitions.
He had played the full 90 minutes of West Ham’s recent 4-0 defeat to Liverpool, however, he will instead be restricted to watching their final clash with Burnley from the sidelines.
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Angelo Ogbonna, Robert Snodgrass and Sofiane Feghouli return to the starting eleven as Bilic makes three changes following the defeat last time out, with Nordtveit, Winston Reid and Jonathan Calleri making way.
But Nordtveit’s absence leaves Bilic with just six substitutes to choose from, including young quintet Ashley Fletcher, Domingos Quina, Declan Rice, Moses Makasi and Dan Kemp.
The Hammers are nearing the end of a disappointing 2016-17 campaign, but they can be sure of a positive end to the season with a win over Burnley at Turf Moor.
A defeat, however, could see them finish as low as 16th in the table.
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