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18 Oct 2016
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West Ham United's Andre Ayew has returned to training but will likely not be named in Saturday's squad as he works towards full fitness.

Andy Carroll, Arthur Masuaku, Gokhan Tore, Diafra Sakho and Sam Byram remain sidelined, while Aaron Cresswell is suspended.  

Lamine Kone and Patrick van Aanholt are back in training for Sunderland while Vito Mannone and Sebastian Larsson are "making good progress", according to David Moyes.

Adnan Januzaj and Jason Denayer are coming back and Moyes said: "There are signs that they are all on their way back and it might not be too long until we get some back in the squad."

Did you know?

West Ham United are unbeaten in six Premier League fixtures against Sunderland (W3 D3).

Sunderland have won only one of their last 11 away top-flight outings against the Hammers, losing eight times.

The Hammers have kept more home clean sheets versus Sunderland than against any other Premier League side (nine) and have not conceded in any of their last three.

David Moyes is unbeaten in his last 12 Premier League meetings against West Ham (W8 D4).

What the managers say

Slaven Bilic: "It's great that [Ayew] is back. It’s difficult to judge when he’ll be back on the pitch. He’s improving in every session." 

See: Full Ayew update | Lanzini eyes top half

David Moyes: "We've been really disappointed. We've had games where we've been in front and we've had games when we could have picked up points. We need to be better."

See: Defoe previews Hammers | Moyes press conference

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