Parker and Ilunga back

SCOTT PARKER and Herita Ilunga are set to join Carlton Cole in the starting line-up on Saturday as West Ham look for three points against Blackburn Rovers. Talismanic midfielder Parker missed Tuesday s 1-1 draw with Portsmouth at Fratton Park with a tight

SCOTT PARKER and Herita Ilunga are set to join Carlton Cole in the starting line-up on Saturday as West Ham look for three points against Blackburn Rovers.

Talismanic midfielder Parker missed Tuesday's 1-1 draw with Portsmouth at Fratton Park with a tight hamstring, but he is training again this week and will be desperate to return.

Ilunga has been out since he limped off at White Hart Lane during the 2-0 defeat by Spurs on December 28, but his hamstring has responded well to treatment and he will also look to replace Jonathan Spector in the left back slot on Saturday.

Cole played 20 minutes as a second-half substitute at Pompey and showed some of what the Hammers have been missing since the end of November.

He is likely to replace youngster Frank Nouble up front, while James Tomkins is rated as 50/50 after his clash with Kevin Prince Boateng at Fratton Park that forced him off with a facial injury.

Kieron Dyer and Danny Gabbidon are expected to return to full training next week, while Mexican striker Guillermo Franco is perhaps a further week away.

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Skipper Matty Upson knows just how vital Saturday's game is. "I think the home form will decide it for us," explained Tuesday night's scorer.

"Saturday is a huge game and a game we are looking to get a win from, and if we do that, then the draw at Portsmouth will look a good result.

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