Hammers boss will wait on injured Cup Final duo

May 12, 2006

West Ham manager Alan Pardew is giving injured pair Dean Ashton and Matthew Etherington every chance to prove their fitness in time for Saturday's FA Cup final against Liverpool.

Neither Ashton (hamstring) nor Etherington (ankle) trained today but Pardew has not yet ruled them out.

If neither is fit then Bobby Zamora and Shaun Newton are likely to start.

Pardew has no other injury concerns but must decide whether to play Lionel Scaloni or Anton Ferdinand at right-back.

Welsh international Carl Fletcher is set to continue in the centre of midfield in place of the suspended Hayden Mullins.

Provisional squad: Hislop, Ferdinand, Gabbidon, Collins, Konchesky, Benayoun, Reo-Coker, Fletcher, Etherington, Ashton, Harewood, Walker, Scaloni, Ward, Dailly, Newton, Reid, Sheringham, Zamora, Katan, Ephraim.