West Ham star Manuel Lanzini is being put through his paces by physio Gary Lewin in a bid to build up his fitness ahead of the crucial Premier League clash at Burnley.
The Argentine ace has been sidelined for a spell with a niggling knee problem but made a return in the 1-0 top flight win over Swansea on Saturday at the London Stadium. The victory, secured thanks to a last-gasp winner from Diafra Sakho, was crucial for many reasons.
It meant three points were collected and Slaven Bilic’s men could gain confidence and eye a return to form and a boost up the league table following a difficult start to their campaign.
Now Bilic hopes Lanzini, a summer transfer target of Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, will be back and firing on all cylinders for the testing trip to Turf Moor a week Saturday to face Sean Dyche’s in-form Clarets.
And that will certainly be the case if former Arsenal and England medical man Lewin has anything to do with it. Speaking to the club’s website, Lewin has pointed out that while many players are away for international duties, others remain with the Hammers to ensure they are in the best possible shape should they called on by boss Bilic
He said: “He may have returned and played against Swansea on Saturday, but Manuel Lanzini has only recently returned from injury and will do extra work to raise his fitness levels ahead of the Burnley game a week on Saturday.
“The term ‘international break’ is inaccurate as for the medical services team here at West Ham United, it is a busy time. While we come away from the pressures of the Premier League for a fortnight, the ‘break’ from domestic fixtures gives us the opportunity to work closely with players at Rush Green.
“With fewer players around, the staff can work one-to-one with players who need treatment or rehabilitation work, and also those who have recently returned from injury and need extra work to improve their fitness levels.
“These two weeks will be key for the likes of Pedro Obiang, James Collins and Domingos Quina, who will receive treatment on a daily basis.
“Edimilson Fernandes is back in full training with the group and will work on building up his fitness over the coming days. So, while the Premier League may be taking a break, that is certainly not the case for the staff and players at Rush Green.”