West Ham United yesterday issued a positive update on the current injury situation of midfield playmaker Manuel Lanzini, on the day that he turned 25 years of age.
The Argentina International has been missing since the side’s 1-1 Premier League home draw with AFC Bournemouth at the London Stadium last month when he pulled up in the second period with a hamstring knock.
But, he was back in East London last Saturday afternoon watching David Moyes’ Hammers defeat Watford at home and had the following to say in an interview with the club’s official website at the match which was released on Thursday afternoon,
“Yeah, I’m feeling good, I’m feeling good, my injury is very good, it’s better every day and I’m expected to be back soon” stated Lanzini.
“I’m training every day hard for a stay with the team and I think next week I go back to the team”.
The injury came at an unfortunate time for the No10 as he was just beginning to recapture the kind of form that saw him pick of Players’ Player of the Season during the 2016/2017 campaign at London Stadium.
Nevertheless, despite his several fitness worries during this season, Lanzini still has an impressive five assists and three goals to his name and will be undoubtedly hoping to hit the ground running when he comes back.
Austrian attacker Marko Arnautovic is another man who will be looking forward to the return of his teammate, after he made his one comeback from injury in the Hornets win, netting once and earning the Man of the Match award.
The pair were able to strike up an exciting partnership prior to their simultaneous injury setbacks, with Lanzini pushing to make the squad for next weekend’s League trip to Anfield to face off with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.
West Ham’s injury situation as a whole does look to be improving by the day at the moment, a stark contrast to the one time in January when they had no fewer than 13 first-team stars side-lined in some way, shape or form.
New Zealand international defender Winston Reid is one more that could well be making the trip to Merseyside, he has had to fight injury and a throat infection in recent times.
His own partner at the back in Jose Fonte is also back in the fold, though yet to make an appearance, having been out since the start of the winter with a foot problem.
However, the likes of Spanish and Swiss midfielders Pedro Obiang and Edimilson Fernandes are expected to be out for much of the season that remains, along with tall forward Andy Carroll.
However, on the upside, key stars do appear to be returning at just the right time for the East Londoners as they prepare to bid for survival in the English Top-Flight.
Moyes’ men currently sit in 12th position and are level on points with Watford above, just four points ahead of Southampton in 18th place, but a mere 10 away from the fabled safety number of 40 points.