The fitness of Carlton Cole will be key to West Ham United dragging themselves out of the dropzone.
A home defeat by Everton seven days ago brought to a halt the mini-revival for Gianfranco Zola’s team and saw them descend into the bottom three.
But former Hammers defender Tony Gale told the Sunday Mirror: "There isn’t another striker like him at the club. To have him back will be a big plus.
“He has developed into someone who, I am convinced, is the best English front man of his type in the Premier League.
“He gives the team talent and a great physical presence. We are seeing the best of him now.
“He has settled down now with a family and anyone can see the effect it has had on him. It has been very positive.