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Centre-back Nathan Collins is suspended after his red card against Manchester City while Hwang Hee-chan picked up an injury playing for South Korea.
West Ham have no fresh injury concerns arising from the international break. Defender Ben Johnson could return to the squad after a spell out with a thigh injury, while Nayef Aguerd remains a long-term absentee.
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Players returned from the international break “very good”, but Hwang Hee-chan suffered.
Diego Costa has spent the past few weeks training with his new team-mates and has brought a new energy to the squad.
On whether Costa could start against West Ham, he said: “Let’s see tomorrow.”
On rumours that Raul Jimenez might not feature again before the World Cup, Lage said: “It is better to wait for a report from our medical department, then we can understand what time he has in front of him to recover”.
Lage is confident Wolves will move up the table. He said: “I believe from watching the team in training that the next eight games until the World Cup we are going to be mid-table. I don’t have doubts.”
On who could replace Nathan Collins in defence, Lage said: “Tomorrow I will take the best decision for the team.”
When asked if Saturday is a must-win game, he said: “We cannot deny it’s an important game for us.”
- West Ham have won three of their last four Premier League games against Wolverhampton (L1).
- Wolves have won three of their six Premier League fixtures at West Ham and only have a better away record at Tottenham, where they’ve won four times.
- The two sides are the joint-lowest scorers in the Premier League this season with just three goals in seven games.
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- West Ham are on their worst home run for more than 19 years, drawing three and losing three of their past six Premier League games.
- A sixth defeat would be their most after eight matches of a league season since 1988-89, which ended in relegation.
- They can become the first club to fail to score a first-half goal in their opening eight matches of a Premier League campaign since Birmingham City in 2009-10.
- The Hammers have lost half of their 34 most recent league fixtures, a run that started in a 1-0 defeat at Wolves.
- Jarrod Bowen is yet to score or assist in this season’s Premier League, but he has three career top-flight goals against Wolves.
- Wolves have won just once in their past 14 top-flight matches, beating Southampton at home on 3 September (D5, L8).
- They are also without a victory in seven Premier League away games, losing five.
- Bruno Lage’s side have failed to score in 20 top-flight fixtures since the beginning of last season. Only relegated Norwich City, with 22 blanks, have a worse record in that time.
- Wolves are the only side yet to score in the second half of a top-flight fixture this season, despite attempting 38 shots.
- Joao Moutinho and Ruben Neves are both set to make their 150th Premier League appearance for Wolves.
Referee: Paul Tierney. Assistants: Constantine Hatzidakis, Neil Davies. Fourth official: Michael Salisbury. VAR: Peter Bankes. Assistant VAR: Ian Hussin.
Wolves travel to The London Stadium to face West Ham on Saturday 1st October for a 5.30pm kick off. The match is live on Sky Sports.
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