Hammers lose Wilshere to injury

West Ham will be without Jack Wilshere for up to six weeks after the midfielder underwent surgery on his ankle.

The 26-year-old has made a slow start to life at the London Stadium following his summer move from Arsenal, struggling to impress in the Hammers first four games of the season.

Without Wilshere in the squad, the Londoners picked up their first win in the Premier League on Sunday, getting the better of Everton 3-1 on Merseyside.

Boss Manuel Pellegrini will hope his team continue to cope well without the English midfielder after it was revealed he had undergone an operation on Monday to correct an issue with his ankle.

Wilshere, who has missed significant periods with ankle injuries in the past, will be unavailable for some key fixtures with games against Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham to come during his period of absence.

West Ham head of medical Richard Collinge says all went well with the operation and hopes Wilshere will be back in action before too long.

"Jack underwent successful surgery in London on Monday morning for a minor ongoing ankle issue," he said in a statement on the club's official website.

"The surgeon was happy with the procedure and all went as planned.

"We envisage he will only need a relatively short period of rest and will then start his rehabilitation. Jack is focused and determined to get back training and playing as soon as possible."

Wilshere joins Andy Carroll and Winston Reid on the sidelines for West Ham, with the veteran duo expected back at some point in October.

Meanwhile, Marko Arnautovic revealed after Sunday's win at Everton that he has a knee injury which is troubling him.

The Hammers will hope the Austrian is available when Chelsea visit the London Stadium on Sunday. The home side are 11/2 for the win, with their London rivals 9/20 and the draw 7/2.

West Ham's first win of the season last weekend saw them move out of the bottom three and they are now 5/1 to be relegated.

Knee injury worries Arnautovic

Marko Arnautovic admits the knee injury he picked up during West Ham United's 3-1 win against Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday is concerning him.

The Austria international had been in sparkling form as the Hammers clinched their first three-point haul of the campaign following four consecutive defeats.

Arnautovic set up Andriy Yarmolenko to open the scoring before grabbing West Ham's third goal. However, he had to be substituted shortly after netting with an injury to his left knee.

He said afterwards: "I don't know, we need to check now. It's not my calf, it's my knee. It hurts a lot. We will need to check this week."

However, the former Stoke City star was delighted to emerge victorious on Merseyside, adding: "It was important for us to come back and put in a performance, because we didn't win any of the first four games.

"It wasn't just the forwards. It starts from the goalkeeper and I think everybody did an unbelievable job. The midfield were everywhere and then it's down to us [as forwards] to score the goals to win games."

West Ham, 9/4 to finish in the top half of the Premier League this season, are 6/1 to win their next match on Sunday against Chelsea, while they are available at 7/1 to keep a clean sheet in the encounter.

Goodison win eases Pellegrini pressure

Manuel Pellegrini got his first Premier League win as West Ham manager after his side came out best in a 3-1 success over Everton at Goodison Park.

Andriy Yarmolenko's first goals for the club helped end West Ham's disastrous start to the season.

Yarmolenko scored twice inside 31 minutes before Gylfi Sigurdsson powered in a header from Jonjoe Kenny's cross, to get Everton into the contest just before the break.

The impressive Marko Arnautovic netted West Ham's third from close range just beyond the hour to take the sting from the Toffees response.

A fifth straight loss would have constituted West Ham's worst ever opening of a league campaign, ensuring birthday boy Pellegrini was relieved afterwards.

"I was not worried about my birthday today – I just wanted to win the game – it was the best gift my players could give me," said the Chilean on his 65th birthday.

"I think that we continued playing the same way we have done, but the best thing we did here, we went for the game from the first minute, we didn't wait for Everton to go.

"I have a lot of years here, I wasn't going to change for three or four results. We believe in what we are doing and we are not going to change. I said last time after we lost I will accept advice but I was not going to change what we are doing."

West Ham are 6/1 to defeat Chelsea next weekend. The Blues, with five wins from five games, are 1/2 while the draw is priced at 3/1.

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Nuno setting high standards

Nuno Espirito Santo has challenged his Wolves players to maintain the standards they have set in the opening few games of the new Premier League season.

The newly-promoted outfit have earned five points from their opening four games, with their only defeat coming at the hands of Leicester City just under a month ago.

And, while Nuno is pleased with how his squad have reacted to the step up in class from The Championship, he is also aware that even better performances will be needed in the coming months.

He told reporters: "We achieved the first clean sheet against West Ham. That must be the first step, a clean sheet – you're always closer to winning a game if you have a clean sheet.

"We, as a team, have a lot of things to improve – we have to be more clinical. We can think about our talents, style, the way we achieve and create chances is good, now but let's make it better.

"The most important thing is that we established standards in the last game and we have to maintain those standards.

"Winning is always good and makes things a lot easier when you are trying to establish an identity like we are, but we have to do it again."

Wolves welcome Burnley to Molineux on Sunday, with the visitors having struggled for form so far this season and taken just one point from four games.

The Midlanders are 3/4 to secure all three points on Sunday and are 12/5 to win the game by a one-goal margin, with Wolves 1/1 to keep a clean sheet.

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Pellegrini keeping the faith

Head coach Manuel Pellegrini remains confident that West Ham can turn around their fortunes, having lost their opening four games of the Premier League season.

The Hammers have a chance to get off the mark on Sunday when they head to Goodison Park to take on Everton, with former Manchester City boss Pellegrini convinced that better times are not too far away.

He told the club's official website: "I don't think that because you lose four games you must not be confident.

"It's the opposite and, in this moment, I trust what I do more than ever, because it is not the first time I have done this same work and it's not the first time in my career we have had some bad results.

"All the clubs I have managed have had some bad results at one moment in the season. It's not good to start with some bad results, but we are absolutely confident that we're going to reverse it.

"I am not worried about the statistics. I am worried about finding the right team to play well and to win the game."

Last season the Irons suffered a 4-0 thrashing by the Toffees on Merseyside, with former England captain Wayne Rooney scoring a hat-trick for the hosts.

However, the meeting of the two sides at the London Stadium on the final day of last season ended in a 3-1 win for the Hammers.

West Ham can be backed at 11/4 to secure a draw on Sunday, with a 1-1 final scoreline priced at 13/2, while the Londoners are 9/4 to be relegated come the end of the season.

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Wilshere to miss Everton clash

Former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere will miss West Ham United's Premier League fixture at Everton on Sunday because of an ankle injury.

Wilshere will have a scan on the injury next week to discover the full extent of the problem.

There is more bad news for beleaguered Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini as Mexico international Javier Hernandez is ill and could also miss Sunday's game.

Pellegrini said: "The team news is that Javier Hernandez is sick. He has had a virus for the last 10 days, so he's at home this week.

"Jack felt a pain in his ankle two days ago, so we will see in the next days what the prognosis is. He doesn't have a chance to play on Sunday. On Tuesday, we will see after he has a medical review what the situation is."

West Ham have lost their first four Premier League matches of the campaign and are 9/4 to be relegated this season. They can be backed at 1/1 to lose again at Everton on Sunday.

Pellegrini is determined to lift the Hammers off the foot of the table, but is refusing to panic, adding: "The most important thing in the Premier League is to arrive in December with a fresh team, so we are having a lot of rest, especially in the international break."

Lanzini hits the comeback trail

West Ham United midfielder Manuel Lanzini is relieved that he has been able to return to training as he continues his recovery from a serious knee injury.

The Argentina international playmaker tore his anterior cruciate ligament in May and is not expected to be ready to return to first-team action until the start of 2019 after enduring surgery in June in Barcelona.

The 25-year-old, who has spent the last three months in Spain recuperating following the operation, said: "I missed West Ham, I missed the players, all the West Ham staff and the training ground, so I am happy to be back.

"It was very hard when my knee was broken before the World Cup but now I am thinking of the future and now I am happy.

"My knee is feeling very comfortable and stable and this is very important. I am taking things day by day and I am feeling good, comfortable and stable and I am ready to keep going like this and we will see."

Lanzini, who scored five goals last season, has featured in 88 Premier League matches for West Ham, 9/4 to be relegated this term, following his transfer from Al-Jazira, initially on loan, three years ago.

Manuel Pellegrini's side have missed Lanzini in the first month of the Premier League campaign and have lost their opening four fixtures.

The Hammers visit Goodison Park on Sunday to face Everton and are 1/1 to lose again while they are 11/4 to Score first & Draw the match.

Pellegrini issues call for calm

Manuel Pellegrini has urged his West Ham players to stay calm, but admits that his team need to put Premier League points on the board as soon as possible.

The Hammers have lost all four of their league games to date, with their latest setback a 1-0 home loss to Wolves, for whom Adama Traore scored the winning goal deep into stoppage time at the London Stadium.

And afterwards head coach Pellegrini voiced his concerns, as a number of his players head off for international action.

He told BBC's Match of the Day: "I don't think it is a bad start, it is a very bad start. We can't lose six points here at home like we have.

"Playing away against Liverpool and Arsenal, if you don't play so well is understandable. Here at home to lose we must be very worried.

"On the training ground we are doing well, no lack of attitude. We have to take that work during the week to a game, where there is that added pressure.

"We need to be calm. I think we have a strong squad and we are going to have better performances in the future. But, of course, when you start with no points in four games it is difficult."

Following the international break, the Irons return to action with a tough trip to Goodison Park to take on Everton on Sunday 16 h September, with Chelsea and Manchester United their following two Premier League opponents.

The Hammers are now available at 9/4 to be relegated this season, with Crystal Palace priced at 7/1 and Brighton & Hove Albion 7/2.

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McLeish unhappy with omissions

Scotland manager Alex McLeish says that two players who asked to be omitted from next month's internationals may not get back into the squad immediately.

James McArthur and Robert Snodgrass asked not to be included in the Scotland squad for the friendly against Belgium which is followed by a UEFA Nations League game against Albania.

McArthur, the Crystal Palace midfielder has a back issue and wants to concentrate on his club football while Snodgrass, having spent last season on loan at Aston Villa, is back in the first team at West Ham and wants to focus on staying part of new manager Manuel Pellegrini's plans.

McLeish said he understood why the pair asked to be omitted but warned them that getting back in to the squad isn't guaranteed.

He said: "If we're doing well, you might not get back in the team.

"I guess if we have got a winning formula without [them], then it will be difficult for anybody to get back in.

"I think you understand when there are personal reasons as well. I need everybody who is going to be involved in these games to have the right mentality.

"They have to be absolutely 100 per cent wanting to play and ready to play for Scotland. We need that."

The UEFA Nations League has been brought in by the governing body to replace some international friendlies and does provide an extra route into the European Championship in 2020 with four places available through a play-off system.

Scotland are in a group alongside Albania and Israel and will play them both home and away between September and November.

Both McArthur and Snodgrass last played for Scotland against Slovenia last October. McLeish has already named his squad for September's games with uncapped John Souttar of Hearts included in the 23.

Spain are 11/2 to win Euro 2020; with the final held at Wembley, England are 8/1 with Germany 5/1.

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Pellegrini confident of upturn

West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini remains confident that his side are showing signs of improvement, despite three successive defeats.

The Irons were thumped 4-0 at Liverpool on the opening weekend of the new Premier League season, before their suffered a 2-1 reverse at home to Bournemouth.

On Saturday their losing run extended to three games as they were beaten 3-1 at Arsenal, with the Hammers failing to make the most of a number of chances, having taken the lead through Marko Arnautovic.

However, Pellegrini felt that his team had played better overall than they had in their opening two games, telling Sky Sports: "I always try and analyse the game and we improved on what we did in the first two games so I am absolutely sure that we are (playing) in the correct way.

"Of course, we need to add points, but we are going to continue searching with the style we played here.

"In the first three games, we haven't had the results that we wanted, but in every game we are improving.

"I'm absolutely sure that in December, when we finish the first half (of the season), this team will at least be in the middle of the table."

The Irons are priced at 5/2 to finish in the top half of the table come the end of the season, with Bournemouth available at 7/4 and Wolves 6/5.

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