Andy Carroll is in contention to make his return to the West Ham side in time to face boyhood club Newcastle on Monday night.
The 26-year-old has been sidelined since February when he required surgery on a serious knee issue.
But now he is fit and has been training with the first team for a fortnight, manager Slaven Bilic is ready to unleash him against his former side as the Hammers go in search of a first home Premier League win of the campaign.
"We've changed a bit with his rehabilitation this time," Bilic revealed.
"A few times before, straight after the injury when he was okay he trained for a few days with the team and then played straight away. Then, because of his stature, size and everything, especially with the brave way he plays, another injury would come.
"This time we've made six weeks of let's call it pre-season and he looks very good in training. Is he in contention? Probably.
"The one thing that I don't like now, and it's (the same) for every manager, is that after the international breaks we still have some players who are going to return today or tomorrow after long trips. You still don't have your squad, but at least we are playing on Monday.
"That's good, because had it been tomorrow it's a problem, but if you're asking about the squad for Monday we still have to count all the players who will train together, and that will be tomorrow."
Bilic has masterminded victories away at Arsenal and Liverpool so far this season but has lost both league games at Upton Park - with Leicester and Bournemouth leaving east London with all three points.
10 Premier League debutants to watch this weekend
10 Premier League debutants to watch this weekend
1/10 Anthony Martial (Manchester United)
With a fee potentially rising to £58m, everyone is keen to get a look at the 'next Thierry Henry' when Manchester United play Liverpool at Old Trafford. Among them will be Wayne Rooney, who had to ask team-mate Morgan Schneiderlin who Martial was after United's shock mega-bid for the 19-year-old. Having made his France bow during the international break, Martial should be fit and ready to play.
2/10 Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
Not strictly a Premier League debut for De Bruyne, who played three games for Chelsea during the 2013/14 campaign. The Blues didn't think much of the Belgian and let him leave for Wolfsburg. But just a couple of years later he's back following a £55m move to Manchester City. With question marks over his ability (and City's willingness to spend so much) in England, De Bruyne will be eager to show how much he's improved since his time at Chelsea.
3/10 Papy Djilobodji (Chelsea)
Jose Mourinho wanted John Stones. He got Papy Djilobodji. Whilst far from the mega-signing Chelsea had wanted, the 26-year-old Senegal international could prove a useful addition considering the Blues' shaky start to the defence of their Premier League crown. Having joined from Nantes on deadline day, the 6ft 3in central defender could go straight into the side when Chelsea play Everton at Goodison Park.
4/10 Ramiro Funes Mori (Everton)
A defender at the other end of the Goodison Park pitch potentially making his debut this weekend will be Funes Mori, who arrived at Everton on deadline-day for £9.5m. The Toffees have never paid so much for a defender, so supporters will be expecting much from the arrival from River Plate.
5/10 Virgil van Dijk (Celtic)
Another expensive defender to look out for this weekend is Virgil van Dijk, who joined Southampton from Celtic in a £13m deal. The ball-carrying centre-back joins the Premier League after back-to-back titles north of the border. Ronald Koeman will be hoping his Dutch compatriot can bring some consistency at the back - and maybe a goal or two with his aerial presence - after a mixed start to the season from Saints.
6/10 Heung-Min Son (Tottenham)
Tottenham were desperate to lessen the burden being placed on Harry Kane and whilst failing to sign Saido Berahino, did manage to bring in Heung-Min Son. £21.9m was needed to secure the signature of the striker from Bayer Leverkusen who scored 21 goals in 58 Bundesliga appearances for his former side. After a concerning start to the season that sees Spurs without a win, Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping Heung-Min can bring his international form to club level, with the South Korean scoring a hat-trick against Laos during the international break.
7/10 Michail Antonio (West Ham United)
West Ham were the most active side at the end of the transfer window, bringing in Victor Moses and Alex Song on loan and Nikica Jelavic on a permanent basis. All solid signings, but perhaps the most exciting will be pacy winger Antonio. He signed in a £7m deal after a hugely impressive season for Nottingham Forest last term. In 54 Championship appearances the 25-year-old was involved in 34 goals, netting 19 and providing a further 15 assists. Four of those goals came in this campaign before his move to Upton Park.
8/10 Dieumerci Mbokani (Norwich City)
Despite a healthy goal return since their return to the Premier League, Norwich have added another striker to their ranks with the addition of Mbokani on loan from Dynamo Kiev. The Democratic Republic of Congo international scored 16 goals in 33 league appearances for his former side and also boasted a strong return of 34 goals in 53 league appearances for former club Anderlecht. With fellow promoted side Bournemouth up this weekend, it could be a good opportunity for Mbokani to bag an early Premier League goal.
9/10 Victor Ibarbo (Watford)
Watford have looked decent on their return to the Premier League, but their failure to score in three of their four games means they've got little to show for it. That's why Ibarbo was brought in on loan from Cagliari. The Colombia international is not renowned for getting the goals himself - he's scored just 15 Serie A goals in 127 appearance - he is a shrewd playmaker. Quique Sanchez Flores will be hoping the 25-year-old can set up the goals that will fire his side up the table.
10/10 Joleon Lescott (Aston Villa)
Manchester City once paid £22m for Lescott, a signal of the quality the 26-times capped England international has. He might now be 33-years-old, but the £1m Aston Villa paid West Brom for his services seemed a bargain for a player who made 34 Premier League appearances last season.
Newcastle have taken just two points from their opening four matches and their head coach Steve McClaren has bad memories of coming up against Bilic.
The 54-year-old's stint as England manager was brought to an end when his side slipped to defeat at home to Bilic's Croatia to miss out on a place at Euro 2008.
But Bilic was full of praise for the former Middlesbrough and FC Twente boss, insisting Monday's game is about more than the two managers coming up against one another once again.
"That game wasn't Steve McClaren v Slaven Bilic, it was England v Croatia and on Monday it's West Ham v Newcastle," he said.
"I had sympathy for Steve - that wasn't just a normal game, we played really well. England came back to 2-2 and then we scored again. Of course I felt sympathy because I know how it works, but then Steve recovered really well to go to Holland.
"He was brave enough and had enough quality to prove himself in different leagues and now he's back in the Premier League and I'm glad for him."