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Joey O'Brien returns for West Ham; Loic Remy set for Queens Park Rangers debut
Published : 18 Jan 2013 14:00:00
West Ham should have defender Joey O'Brien back from a hamstring injury for the first time since New Year's Day for Saturday's Premier League clash against QPR.
Centre-back James Collins (hamstring) will be assessed, but midfielder Mark Noble has shrugged off a calf problem while Joe Cole comes into contention having been rested for the midweek FA Cup third-round replay defeat at Manchester United.
New signing Wellington Paulista may need more time before being included. Mali forward Modibo Maiga is away at the Africa Cup of Nations and striker Andy Carroll and defender George McCartney (both knee) continue their rehabilitation.
QPR's new signing Loic Remy will feature in the London derby at Upton Park. Junior Hoilett (hamstring) returns, but Esteban Granero (hamstring) and Armand Traore (knock) are doubtful. Samba Diakite is at the African Cup of Nations, Jose Bosingwa (back) is out and Andrew Johnson (knee) and Bobby Zamora (hip) are absent.