Slaven Bilić could be prepared to throw away West Ham's chances of progressing in the Carabao Cup in order to keep his first-team fresh for their Premier League clash with Crystal Palace on Saturday, according to Evening Standard reports.
The Croatian manager is walking a tightrope at the minute and following his sides 3-0 defeat to Brighton at the weekend, Bilić can't afford to see his side slip further down the league table if he wants to remain in charge at the London Stadium.
A brace from 34-year-old Brighton striker Glen Murray, as well as a wonder goal from summer signing José Izquierdo, has pilled more pressure onto West Ham's boss.
Following the sacking of Everton boss Ronald Koeman, many fans feel it is only a matter of time before Bilić becomes the next managerial casualty in the Premier League.
With a trip to Selhurst Park up next for the Hammers, in what could prove to be a relegation six-pointer, it appears that Bilić will largely disregard West Ham's midweek clash with Tottenham and focus on regaining their league form.
It was understood that co-owner David Sullivan, co-chairman David Gold and vice-chairman Karren Brady are already lining up potential replacements for Bilić. However, they are prepared to give their manager one last chance to prove that he hasn't lost the dressing room.