History will be made at the London Stadium this weekend, as David Moyes takes charge of West Ham United via video technology.
The club confirmed on Tuesday that the 57-year-old contracted coronavirus shortly before the Hammers’ eased past Hull City in the Carabao Cup, meaning he will quarantine for the next 10 days. Alan Irvine will be the man on the touchline on Sunday afternoon.
Issa Diop and Josh Cullen also contracted the virus and are out, with Irvine confirming both players and Moyes feel fine and are continuing to isolate. Fabian Balbuena is likely to deputise alongside Angelo Ogbonna in Diop’s absence. Mark Noble has recovered from a toe injury and should continue in midfield, while Sebastien Haller is pushing for a recall after another two goals in the cup in midweek.
Wolves have strengthened their squad with yet another Portuguese international this week, as Nelson Semedo signed from Barcelona for around £30m. The right wing-back should be involved in the squad after training with his new team mates all week.
Nuno Santo has just the two injury worries to deal with, but they both come at left wing-back. Jonny Otto remains out with an ACL injury that will keep him out for a long period, while Fernando Marcal went off early in the defeat to Man City. The Wolves boss confirmed in his press conference that the former Lyon man was taken off as a precaution to stop the injury worsening, so could be available for Sunday night.
Raul Jimenez will continue in attack and both he and Daniel Podence will be hoping to continue their 100% goal involvement record so far this season. Jimenez has two goals in two games, and both have been set up by Podence, as the former Olympiakos man continues to impress in the absence of Diogo Jota, who left for Liverpool last week.
West Ham take on Wolves at the London Stadium on Sunday September 27th, kick off is at 7pm.