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Big Sam left with defensive woes for Man Utd cup replay

11:22 15 January 2013

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce

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West Ham have defensive trouble for tomorrow’s FA Cup third-round replay at Manchester United after James Collins suffered a hamstring injury in the defeat at Sunderland.

Manager Sam Allardyce has only three fit defenders to choose from, so may opt to change his system at Old Trafford as Joey O’Brien (hamstring) and George McCartney (knee) are definitely out, but midfielder Mohamed Diame is available again.

Striker Marouane Chamakh is ineligible for the cup competition due to the terms of his loan from Arsenal, while Allardyce is still deciding how best to integrate new signing Wellington Paulista, with Andy Carroll (knee) and Modibo Maiga (African Nations Cup) also absent.

Provisional squad: Jaaskelainen, Spiegel, O’Brien, Reid, Tomkins, McCartney, Potts, Spence, Demel, Taylor, Nolan, Diame, Noble, Collison, Diarra, Jarvis, J Cole, O’Neil, Vaz Te, C Cole.

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