Aston Villa v WEST HAM: Guillermo Franco injury leaves Hammers with striker crisis

15 January 2010 03:55
Hammer blow: Franco (left) misses Villa test

West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola has no senior strikers available for Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash with Aston Villa as Guillermo Franco was injured in training.

Carlton Cole, Luis Boa Morte and Kieron Dyer are still sidelined with knee injuries, leaving West Ham's options limited to teenagers Frank Nouble and Freddie Sears.

Zola hopes to have Scott Parker back from a hamstring injury while Mark Noble is fit again - but Herita Ilunga and Danny Gabbidon are both out.

Team (from): Green, Kurucz, Faubert, Da Costa, Upson, Tomkins, Daprela, Spector, Kovac, Noble, Parker, Collison, Behrami, Payne, Diamanti, Jimenez, Stanislas, Nouble, Sears. 

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Source: Daily_Mail