West Ham will be without Winston Reid for Saturday’s clash at Newcastle, adding to the problems for a side without a win in their first two matches and with seven goals conceded. Reid injured a calf muscle in the warm-up before their 3-2 defeat at Southampton and although manager Slaven Bilic has since revealed the injury is “not serious”, the central defender will not have recovered in time for the match at St James’ Park. Reid, who recently signed a new long-term deal, will also miss New Zealand’s two World Cup qualifiers against the Solomon Islands but should be fit to return after the international break for his club’s first home match, against newly-promoted Huddersfield, on September 11. Bilic sees no need to strengthen the central defensive positions, despite another poor defensive display on Saturday. “We have enough centre-backs in our team if they stay fit,” he said. “You can’t have eight players in one situation. We have one position we want to fill unless someone else goes and we have to fill in.” That priority is a defensive midfielder, with West Ham’s bid to sign Portugal international William Carvalho edging closer.
Winston Reid injury adds to West Ham defensive woes amid transfer search
London Evening Standard | Aug 22