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Moyes pre-match: Carroll, Collins and Lanzini could return vs Stoke City

The pre-match talk ahead of a Monday night major clash

Ahead of the latest key contest Monday night against desperate Stoke City at the London Stadium, West Ham United manager David Moyes acknowledged that Manuel Lanzini, James Collins and Andy Carroll could be available.

In his pre-match press conference on Friday, the Scottish manager stated how all three have been back fully in training and have a chance to get back into the squad for the remaining part of the season.

“We got him back at the start of the week,” Moyes said. “We’ll keep monitoring him. We got other people who are out. We got Manuel Lanzini. We got James Collins, who has only been out for four to five weeks. But if we get Andy back, it’s a big plus for us. Is he going to be ready? I’m not so sure about that.”

“I’m not sure how’re they’ll be. I’m hoping they could be available for the game on Monday.”

With how desperate Paul Lambert’s side will be for the three points in a must-win for them, Moyes knows the importance of his side not letting the good form of the past fortnight go away in this fixture.

“Stoke have always been a threat,” he said. “They’ve always had a good players. They’re a good club, and we’ll come in full focus and respect them because they’re coming with something very important as well. If we beat Stoke, we’ll give ourselves a chance to end up in the best position.”

Moyes also expressed how he is in the middle of the Video Assistant Replay debate, as Premier League clubs voted not to have the technology for the 2018-19 season.

“I’m not sure, I think the problem for everyone is we’re not exactly sure what’s coming,” he said. “We’re not sure about what would be clear and obvious. So I’m on the fence I would like to know more about it. I think we got a great game. I think we don’t want to play around with it too much. We are trying to help the referees and we’ll do everything to give them help. But I think we need to make sure we get everything right before we introduce any.”