West Ham set for hectic September after Carabao Cup draw sees the Hammers travel to Man Utd

The realities of competing in European competition are setting in for West Ham with the Europa League draw due to take place on Friday.

The Hammers may not yet know their European opponents but they do know the date of their first Europa League match, which will take place on September 16.

West Ham’s September schedule is a busy one with a run of six matches in 20 days – including a double-header against Manchester United following the Carabao Cup draw on Wednesday evening.

The Hammers’ international players face a potential run of nine matches in just 29 days with the likes of Tomas Soucek, Vladimir Coufal, Andriy Yarmolenko, Said Benrahma and Declan Rice all expected to feature heavily for their respective nations.

Pablo Fornals is another Hammer expected to see international action having been recalled to the Spain squad for their World Cup qualifiers and could be set for his first cap since 2018.

Michail Antonio was understood to be preparing to make his international debut for Jamaica but the current travel restrictions mean the Premier League have decided not to release players should they face a mandatory ten-day quarantine on arrival back in the UK.

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The decision not to release the players is facing an international backlash with FIFA President Gianni Infantino writing to the UK government appealing for the quarantine restrictions to be lifted for football players.

Should Infantino’s appeal be successful, Antonio could make his long-awaited Jamaica debut against Mexico, followed by a home clash with Panama and a trip to Costa Rice in the third of the Reggae Boyz’ World Cup qualifiers.



Michail Antonio of West Ham United celebrates with Said Benrahma and teammates after scoring their team's fourth goal (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Michail Antonio of West Ham United celebrates with Said Benrahma and teammates after scoring their team’s fourth goal (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

West Ham’s September schedule sees the Hammers take on Southampton at St Mary’s on September 11 before hosting Manchester United on September 19, just three days after their first Europa League tie on September 16.

David Moyes will then take his team to Old Trafford for the second clash with United, this time in the Carabao Cup – the date is still to be confirmed but is expected to be September 22.

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The Hammers’ hectic month ends with a trip to Elland Road to face Leeds on September 25, before a Europa League tie on September 30.

The busy September will be welcomed by Moyes and Hammers fans with excitement rife for the European adventure.

Squad depth could be an issue for West Ham, particularly in attack, with Antonio the club’s only recognised senior striker, however, with the impending arrival of Kurt Zouma the Hammers options in defence look set to be beefed up.

football.london understands the French international is undergoing a medical in Paris ahead of his potential £25.7 million move from Chelsea.

Zouma’s availability for West Ham’s next match, a home clash with Crystal Palace on Saturday, revolves around the deal being registered by noon on Friday afternoon and the 26-year-olds vaccine status.

If Zouma is double jabbed he would avoid the mandatory ten-day quarantine required of non-vaccinated people arriving in the UK from France.

The defender’s vaccine status is currently unknown but following the fine start to the Hammers season, Moyes is expected to keep faith with Craig Dawson and Angelo Ogbonna on Saturday with Zouma’s debut potentially coming in the next league trip to Southampton.

Source by Football London

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