West Ham XI vs Leeds: Aguerd starts - Starting lineup, confirmed team news and injury latest for game today

 (ES Composite)
(ES Composite)

Nayef Aguerd is in the West Ham starting line-up for his full Premier League debut against Leeds tonight.

The Hammers welcome the Moroccan back from injury and a virus but are without Kurt Zouma.

Zouma underwent knee surgery during the World Cup break after limping off early in the Hammers’ defeat to Leicester back in November and while David Moyes has confirmed the French defender’s recovery is going well, he will not be fit to feature at Elland Road.

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Aguerd, meanwhile, has made just one league appearance so far in his Hammers career, as a substitute for the injured Zouma in the aforementioned Foxes clash.

The centre-back, signed from Rennes last summer, suffered an ankle injury in pre-season but recovered in time to excel for Morocco at the World Cup.

However, the 26-year-old struggled with illness and a minor injury in Qatar, which meant he has taken time to get back up to speed on his return to east London.

“[Aguerd] is getting himself back at the moment and he’s getting himself back ready,” Moyes said. “He picked up a virus when he was at the World Cup and he picked up an injury, wich didn’t help either, just before the semi-final.

“He’s back training and has been building himself up here.”

West Ham XI: Fabianski; Kehrer, Aguerd, Dawson, Coufal; Soucek, Rice; Bowen, Paqueta, Fornals; Scamacca.

Subs: Areola, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Johnson, Emerson, Downes, Benrahma, Lanzini, Antonio.