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West Ham United v Viborg: Match report, stats, team news and more


Aug-17 11:01 first published at 11:01 AM

Viborg, West Ham United’s Europa Conference League play-off qualifying round opponents, will be missing two key players for the first leg on Thursday night. Viborg, who defeated B36 Torshavn of the Faroe Islands earlier this month to advance to the final round of qualification, will be missing two key players due to complications in obtaining a visa in time for the game. Nigerian winger Ibrahim Said, who has previously attracted interest from Premier League clubs, has been unable to travel due to a lack of a visa. Alassana Jatta of Gambia will also be absent. Jatta scored in the previous round’s 5-1 aggregate victory over Torshavn. West Ham and Paris Saint-Germain have agreed on a fee for defender Thilo Kehrer ahead of the transfer deadline. Both will be denied entry due to new rules governing non-EU citizens following Brexit, according to a club statement. Viborg’s statement reads (as translated by Google): “Due to the English entry rules for non-EU citizens after Brexit, the VFF must disregard Ibrahim Said and Alassana Jatta for the away match against West Ham: “We are deeply sorry that we were unable to obtain visas for the two players.” We tried everything and were in close contact with DBU, UEFA, the two embassies, and another foreign club in a similar situation, but unfortunately this proved impossible, as there is a processing time of several weeks and the match was only finally decided a week ago.” Due to suspension, West Ham will also be without Aaron Cresswell, Declan Rice, and David Moyes for the match. Nayef Aguerd and Angelo Ogbonna are also expected to miss out due to injury, while Craig Dawson is also questionable. READING NEXT West Ham United’s most recent transfer: As Hans Vanken’s bid is rejected, discussions with PSG’s Thilo Kehrer are ongoing. David Moyes should use this near-£50 million pair against Viborg. Graeme Souness and Karen Carney disagree about West Ham’s goal against Nottingham Forest. West Ham make a Chelsea transfer move as a deal for PSG’s Thilo Kehrer approaches completion. West Ham’s loss to Nottingham Forest highlights the club’s transfer problem, as Jarrod Bowen awaits re-ignition.

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