McCarthy missing for visit of Hull

The South African star, who signed for the Hammers on the last day

of the January transfer window, has been out with a knee problem

since West Ham’s 2-1 defeat at Burnley on February 10. Herita

Ilunga (thigh) will remain sidelined for at least three more weeks

while Danny Gabbidon and Kieron Dyer (both hamstring) are not ready

to return. West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola has been boosted by the

return of Guillermo Franco from a muscle complaint which has kept

him out for the last two months. West Ham (from): Green, Stech,

Spector, Faubert, Tomkins, Da Costa, Daprela, Parker, Behrami,

Kovac, Collison, Diamanti, Stanislas, Cole, Mido, Ilan, Franco.