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West Ham United Vs Peterborough United, Sat 24 Sep 2011

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West Ham look set to be without James Tomkins for the visit of Peterborough.

England Under-21 defender Tomkins suffered a groin injury during last weekend's goalless draw at Millwall and is not expected to be fit.

Winston Reid replaced Tomkins at The Den and is likely to start alongside Abdoulaye Faye, who will be making his full home debut.

Boss Sam Allardyce is otherwise expected to name an unchanged side, with Carlton Cole as the lone frontman and recent signing Sam Baldock on the bench.

Fellow striker Frederic Piquionne is still suspended following his recent red card against Portsmouth.

Midfielder Papa Bouba Diop could be added to the squad for the first time but winger Gary O'Neil (ankle) is still out.

Gabriel Zakuani should retain his place in the Peterborough side.

The Congolese defender has been nursing a toe injury in recent weeks and is receiving injections in a bid to keep him available for the trip to east London.

Long-term absentee David Hibbert (knee) aside, manager Darren Ferguson has a full complement of players to choose from.

Striker Emile Sinclair will hope to keep his place in the starting line up after marking his full debut with a goal in the 2-1 home win over Burnley last weekend.

Ferguson has defenders Scott Wootton and Ben Gordon, midfielders Tommy Rowe and Daniel Kearns and striker Paul Taylor available should he wish to make changes.

Striker Nicky Ajose has joined Scunthorpe on loan until the start of January in order to build up his match fitness after recovering from the hamstring injury he sustained on the opening day of the season.

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Peterborough United
Carlton Cole
Frederic Piquionne
Paul Taylor
Football
Gary O'Neil
Papa Bouba Diop
Darren Ferguson
Gabriel Zakuani
Abdoulaye Faye
Tommy Rowe
James Tomkins
Emile Sinclair
Winston Reid
Sam Baldock

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