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29th Mar, 2017 | 8:09pm

Early team news: West Ham 27-year-old to be axed for Hull clash - report

By Matt Farr

West Ham full back Aaron Cresswell could be axed from the starting eleven to face Hull in the Premier League on Saturday, according to a report.

The Standard claim that the 27-year-old could be dropped by Slaven Bilic for their upcoming tie, as the West Ham boss seeks to find a solution to their ongoing defensive woes.

West Ham have lost their last three Premier League games, and have failed to keep a clean sheet since the start of 2017.

Arthur Masuaku, who has made just seven Premier League appearances this term, could be reinstated to the starting line up in his place.

Bilic has already made a number of changes to his defensive line up in recent weeks, and Cresswell is the latest West Ham defender to face the chop.

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The defender was a key player for the club last season, but has struggled to live up to billing after picking up an ankle injury during pre-season.

He has been a regular feature in the West Ham side this term with 23 appearances in all competitions, but his run of 15 consecutive league starts could come to an abrupt end this weekend.

West Ham require a victory to put an end to their miserable run of form, and ease the pressure on manager Bilic.

The Hammers have recently slipped to 12th in the table with eight games remaining, where they sit just nine points clear of the relegation zone.

In other West Ham team news, as uncertainty grows over the future of Bilic, the club have reportedly lined up a move for this high-flying Championship boss (not Stam or Benitez).

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