Upson hopeful of facing Arsenal

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Matthew Upson, the West Ham captain, is hopeful of being fit to face Arsenal tomorrow. The England centre-back was forced off against Newcastle last week with a tight hamstring and missed the Carling Cup win over Stoke.

But the 31-year-old, after returning from a slight neck problem, is confident the injury will not keep him out for long.

"I have a small tightness in the hamstring," he said. "I know my body now and it was one of those that if I need to burst or sprint quickly I'm going to tear the muscle It's not going to keep me out for any sustained period."