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Hammers lose key pair for Toffees trip

14th September 2018, 14:15 by Craig Smithson

West Ham will face Everton in the Premier League at Goodison Park on Sunday without key duo Jack Wilshere and Javier Hernandez.

The Hammers travel to Merseyside still bidding for their first points of the campaign, following four straight defeats.

But Wilshere has been ruled out of action following an ankle issue picked up in training, while Hernandez is ill.

"Jack felt a sprain in his ankle two days ago," said boss Manuel Pellegrini, of former Arsenal midfielder Wilshere.

"We'll see how he is in the next few days. He doesn't have a chance to play this weekend and on Tuesday we will see how he is after he has a medical review.

"Javier Hernandez is sick and has had a virus for around 10 days, so he hasn't been in training."

Meanwhile, Pellegrini has insisted that he is not angry about reports that West Ham starting line-ups are being leaked.

The Chilean remains adamant he is unfazed by Twitter account @ExWHUemployee, which it has been reported correctly predicted more than 60 Hammers starting teams.

The social media account has more than 50,000 followers, who are often told the starting line-up well in advance of it being officially published on the club's channels.

But Hammers manager Pellegrini believes it makes little difference if the public know his starting team ahead of time.

Asked if he is angry about the repeated leaks, Pellegrini replied: "No. First of all the news is not true, because I'm not angry about that.

"Normally in every team that I have managed, the day before the game, I work with set-pieces, so all the players know the day before who will play and who will not play.

"So, many players can talk with other players. I'm not keeping the starting XI until three or four hours before the game.

"There are a lot of ways or reasons why some people can know the team before it is released."

Pellegrini believes West Ham's opponents can gain little or no advantage from knowing his starting XI early, especially in the Premier League.

Asked if he knows the source of the leaks, Pellegrini said: "I don't have any idea, I'm not worried about that.

"I'm worried about trying to win the points."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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