West Ham first teamer will be available against Southampton
By Dominic Toner
West Ham have revealed that Winston Reid will be available for selection against Southampton.
The 28-year-old defender missed the defeat to West Brom last weekend and was also ruled out of the EFL Cup third-round tie against Accrington on Wednesday night.
The Hammers conceded another four goals in his absence against West Brom and Slaven Bilic is still trying to work out his best defensive set up, with James Collins and Angelo Ogbonna also challenging for the centre-back position.
West Ham’s Treatment Room feature on their website have revealed that Reid will be fully fit and in contention to play against Southampton on Sunday.
Reid moved to West Ham in 2010 and has made 174 appearances for the club.
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The New Zealand international has been an important player during his stay with the Londoners and will hope to cement his starting position during a difficult time for the club.
Manager Slaven Bilic has hailed the club’s next three fixtures as “cup finals” starting with the Accrington match.
West Ham will be under immense pressure to deliver a positive result after losing four of their opening five league games.
The Hammers were also dumped out of the Europa League in a qualifier with Romanian side Astra Giurgiu, to comlete a miserable start this season.
In other West Ham team news, two players will make their debut for the club as a strong team is announced to face Accrington.