Big Sam to decide on Almunia

Hammers to assess Green's recovery from knee injury

Manuel Almunia: No decision on a loan extension at West Ham as Rob Green recovers from injury

Sam Allardyce will assess the progress of Robert Green's recovery from injury before deciding whether to extend Manuel Almunia's loan at West Ham United.

Green recently underwent knee surgery and was ruled out for six weeks, prompting Allardyce to bring in Almunia on loan from Arsenal.

Almunia has started three Championship games for the Hammers and is again expected to start in Monday night's game at Brighton & Hove Albion.

The Spaniard's loan spell at Upton Park expires at the end of the month and Allardyce is unsure about retaining the 34-year-old.

Allardyce confirmed Green is progressing well from his operation and the Hammers boss will not rush into a decision regarding Almunia.

"Rob is recovering well," said Allardyce.

"We will see how he is doing before we decide on whether to extend Manuel's stay from Arsenal."