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The defender is likely to be fit to face Newcastle United next weekend after being told he only suffered concussion in the Hammers' 2-0 win over Cardiff City on Saturday

By Harry Sherlock

West Ham are confident Guy Demel will be fit to face Newcastle next weekend, despite the defender being stretchered off in the club's 2-0 win over Cardiff City on Saturday.

The 32-year-old fell heavily after contesting a defensive header with Fraizer Campbell and was afforded lengthy treatment by the Hammers' medical staff before he was rushed to hospital.

Boss Sam Allardyce initially feared the star had broken his elbow and suffered a badly bruised face, but Goal can reveal that subsequent tests have shown that he has only suffered concussion.

Nevertheless, he will be kept in hospital overnight and will be released on Sunday morning - meaning he is likely to be able to take to the field against Alan Pardew's Magpies next weekend.

The news will come as a massive relief to Allardyce, as Demel's fellow defender James Tomkins was sent off after receiving two yellow cards in the win in Wales and is now set to serve a suspension.

If no appeal is lodged, the 24-year-old will miss the Newcastle fixture - adding further importance to the news of Demel's positive diagnosis.

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