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Frimpong: Could make his debut on Wednesday

Frimpong: Could make his debut on Wednesday

Fulham will be hoping to return to winning ways on Wednesday night when the Cottagers host West Ham in a return to midweek Barclays Premier League action.

Both clubs are middling in the Premier League table this term after some indifferent bouts of form this season, and will be hoping to use Wednesday's London derby as a springboard into more consistent performances.

Martin Jol's men welcome the Hammers to Craven Cottage on the back of their 4-1 loss to title hopefuls Manchester United in the FA Cup, and will be hoping to restore some confidence going into the month of February with a strong showing against Sam Allardyce's men.

Emmanuel Frimpong could make his debut for the Cottagers after signing on a loan deal from fellow London club Arsenal.

Kieran Richardson could return to action after missing the 4-1 FA cup defeat to Manchester United, but Simon Davies (hip), Mahamadou Diarra (knee) and Kerim Frei (groin) are all ruled out.

West Ham, meanwhile, go into Wednesday night's encounter relatively fresh after a bye from FA Cup football this past weekend, having also been knocked out by Manchester United a round earlier.

The Hammers will be hoping to record their first victory since the 2-1 New Year's Day win over Norwich City.

Sam Allardyce has made two loan signings during the January transfer window in Cruzeiro's Wellington Paulista and Wolfsburg's Emmanuel Pogatetz, and both players could be in line to receive their debuts on Wednesday.

Andy Carroll is still a doubt with a knee injury, but has a small chance to be named in Wednesday night's squad.

The return of James Collins from a hamstring injury could provide a timely boost for the Irons as well, with Allardyce's men currently short stocked at the back.

Winston Reid, however, could miss out with a groin injury, while George McCartney and Dan Potts are both out with a knee injury and concussion respectively.

Posted: 29/01/13 17:01

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