West Ham XI v AZ Alkmaar: confirmed team news, latest injury, probable line-up for today’s semi-final playoff
The pair have traveled with the rest of David Moyes’ first-team to the Netherlands, where West Ham are aiming to reach their first European final in 47 years at the Europa Conference League after leading 2-1 in the first leg at the London Stadium last week.
Antonio scored the winner of that game but hobbled off with a calf problem and was forced to sit out the weekend’s 2-0 defeat at Brentford on Sunday.
Right-back Coufal suffered a hamstring injury in the 3-0 defeat at Manchester City earlier this month and has missed the Hammers’ last three games.
“Mickeys [Antonio] “We’ve travelled, Wladimir too,” confirmed Moyes at his press conference ahead of the game in Alkmaar on Wednesday. “They’re both fine, so they both have a chance to play.”
If Antonio is fit to start he will certainly return to the top spot, but Coufal could struggle to oust Thilo Kehrer at right-back as the German’s form has improved in recent weeks.
Moyes could undo all nine changes he made for the Brentford defeat, although Angelo Ogbonna is pushing for Kurt Zouma to partner after Nayef Aguerd endured a difficult afternoon at the Gtech Community Stadium.
Striker Gianluca Scamacca is currently West Ham’s only known definitive absentee as he underwent knee surgery last month.
Estimated West Ham XI (4-3-3): areola; Kehrer, Zouma, Aguerd, Cresswell; soucek, rice, paqueta; Bowen, Antonio, Benrahma.
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