Manuel Pellegrini has given an update on Javier Hernandez’s fitness ahead of West Ham United’s Carabao Cup match against Newport County, as reported by The Evening Standard.
Speaking about the Mexico international, he said: “Javier had, during a training session on Thursday, a problem in his knee, it was a kick.
“I don’t know if he will be fit for Tuesday but on Wednesday he should be working with the team again.”
He has also confirmed that Albian Ajeti is likely to get his first start in a West Ham shirt when the Hammers face the League Two side.
Hernandez has made one start and one substitute appearance for West Ham so far this season, opening his goalscoring account against Brighton & Hove Albion, as per WhoScored.
The 31-year-old has completed 85% of the passes he has attempted in the 107 minutes he has been on the pitch.
Even if the Mexican was available, it wouldn’t have been hard to believe Ajeti would have got the nod to start the Carabao Cup game anyway, as he is yet to get any time on the pitch after signing from FC Basel this summer, as he has been on the bench twice without coming off it, as per Transfermarkt.
While it shouldn’t make too much of a difference for tonight’s game – given the difference in quality despite Newport’s recent cup pedigree – Pellegrini will be hoping to have Hernandez available against Norwich City on Saturday so he has more choice regarding who he wants on the bench.
Nevertheless, hearing that he should be working with the team again tomorrow is definitely positive news.
Ajeti will need to play well against Newport if he is to have a chance of getting ahead of Hernandez in the pecking order when the Mexican is available again.
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