Parker sidelined again

The newspaper isn't usually far from the mark so despite the fact official confirmation of the midfielder's injury situation has not been forthcoming, the news carries some weight.

Parker has been a touch of class in the Hammers' midfield during his recent 8 match run of games and will be sorely missed, although Mark Noble - much improved in the FA Cup tie with Man City - and Hayden Mullins, who is enjoying a good season, should do a more than adequate job in the centre of the park.