x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

West Ham United return to train in Dubai this week

The Premier League side will take advantage of the FA Cup break to train at Dubai Sports City.

Kevin Nolan and West Ham United will be training at Dubai Sports City this week. Clint Hughes / Getty Images
Kevin Nolan and West Ham United will be training at Dubai Sports City this week. Clint Hughes / Getty Images

West Ham United, the English Premier League side, will train at Dubai Sports City’s football academy this week as part of a warm-weather break in the UAE.

West Ham, who play Norwich City tonight in the league, then have a break in action until February 22, as they have already been knocked out of the FA Cup, which enters the last-16 stage this weekend.

The London side have travelled to Dubai mid-season each of the last two campaigns and manager Sam Allardyce, who spoke of the benefits of training in the sun, will hope the break gives his relegation threatened side a boost going into the business end of the Premier League season.

West Ham – who won 2-0 away at Aston Villa in their last match – are 15th in the table, two points above the relegation zone.

They might not be the only Premier League club making a trip to the UAE with Manchester United, who have also been knocked out of the Cup, rumoured to planning a visit. A spokesman for Dubai Sports City said the venue would not be playing host to United.