Hammers duo to make play-offs
Nolan and Tomkins will be ready to face Bluebirds
Last Updated: April 30, 2012 12:28pm
Sam Allardyce: Will take a strong squad with him for play-off date at Cardiff
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce will have Kevin Nolan and James Tomkins available to him in Thursday's play-off clash with Cardiff.
The Hammers travel to South Wales in midweek for the first leg of their Championship play-off semi-final.
They will make the trip with a strong squad at their disposal, with key men having shaken off knocks to put themselves in contention.
Centre-half Tomkins suffered a head injury during Saturday's 2-1 victory over Hull City and club captain Nolan limped off with a dead leg. Both are, however, expected to line up against the Bluebirds.
Gary O'Neil may be forced to sit the tie out, though, after taking a blow to his ankle from Hull's Corry Evans.
Allardyce told the Hammers' official website: "The main problem is the short time between now and Thursday after 46 long and tough games.
"We could have done with a bit longer to overcome the injuries that we might have but the schedules have to be met and that's where it fits in.
"I had 21 players available on Saturday and I think the last time I had that was about five games in. The rest of the injured lads have recovered and they'll come back into the squad.
"The players who are in very good form are key to us. The only disappointment from Saturday was that it was out of our hands and the injury to Gary O'Neil, which was very unfortunate for him considering how well he's been playing."