Everton trio Seamus Coleman, Lucas Digne and Alex Iwobi could all potentially return to face West Ham this weekend, according to Rafa Benitez.
The Lowdown: Hammers head to Everton
The Premier League is back after the latest international break and the Hammers have an intriguing game to look forward to.
David Moyes’ men make the trip to Goodison Park to face his old side, who are impressing under Benitez, sitting fifth in the table currently and level on points with both Manchester City and Manchester United.
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The Latest: Benitez provides key update
Speaking in his pre-match press conference on Thursday [via Everton’s official website], Benitez confirmed that Coleman, Digne and Iwobi are all in contention to face West Ham after recovering from injuries:
“The international break is an opportunity to bring back players.
“Alex Iwobi was training and [so were] Digne and Coleman – that is good news for us – they have started training with the team.”
The Verdict: Big test for Moyes’ men
Sunday’s match is an extremely difficult one to predict, with two good sides locking horns and the pair both holding European aspirations this season.
Moyes and Benitez didn’t always see eye-to-eye during their Everton and Liverpool days, so they will be desperate to get one over on each other.
Coleman and Digne being back would be a huge boost for the hosts and make life tougher for the Hammers – the pair have a huge amount of experience at full-back – while Iwobi can be an unpredictable threat in attacking areas.
Moyes would have certainly liked to pair the likes of Jarrod Bowen and Said Benrahma up against lower quality defenders, but it looks like the Irons’ task just got that much tougher.
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