West Ham have been boosted by the return of three of their key players when the Premier League resumes next week following the latest international break.
Andy Carroll, Angelo Ogbonna and possibly even Enner Valencia could feature in next week’s game at Selhurst Park against Crystal Palace.
Carroll, who’s still finding his way back after a long-term knee injury suffered back in February, was left out of the matchday squad due to a niggling injury for the 2-2 draw at Sunderland last week after appearing in three of the previous for games.
Angelo Ogbonna, who was enjoying a great start to life at Upton Park following his move from Juventus in the summer, suffered a hamstring injury in the 2-0 home win against Newcastle in mid-September, and has been out of action since.
Enner Valencia has been out of action since suffering severe injuries to both his right knee and ankle in early August during the 2-2 draw to Astra Giurgiu in the Europa League. The club had feared the worse which would be torn or ruptured ligaments in the joints, but fortunately Valencia did not require surgery.
The Ecuadorian has been undergoing a stringent training and conditioning regime as he looks to return from injury quicker than expected, which appears to be the case.
Carroll played the full 90 minutes while Valencia was a second half substitute in a behind-closed-doors friendly with Reading on Friday. Ogbonna was not risked, but all three remain in line for a return next weekend. The trio have all been involved in training this week.
Nikica Jelavic, Michail Antonio, Dimitri Payet, Mark Noble, Victor Moses, Pedro Obiang, Manuel Lanzini and James Tomkins all also featured.
In other injury news, Stijn Vandenbroucke updated the fans via the official site on the progress of our stricken stars.
Alex Song is targeting a return to first-team duties against Chelsea on the 24 October. dg pic.twitter.com/PG0FgxnOK2
— David Gold (@davidgold) October 7, 2015
He notes that Alex Song is moving closer to a return to first-team action, with David Gold taking to twitter earlier in the week stating that the Cameroonian is set for a return to the field in a fortnight’s time against Chelsea.
Winston Reid has also been struggling with an undisclosed injury, but the club remain optimistic he’ll be available for the next game. Doneil Henry is also recovering from a groin injury suffered in training.