By Will Butcher

West Ham chairman David Gold has revealed that Diafra Sakho has completed his recovery from a back injury.

The Senegal international is yet to make an appearance for the Hammers this season, as Slaven Bilic’s side continue to stutter in 17th in the Premier League.

Speaking on his personal Twitter account, Gold revealed that Sakho is expected to return soon after recovering from the injury he picked up on international duty this summer.

Fans will be delighted to see the return of their number 15, as Italian striker Simone Zaza is yet to break his goalscoring duck under Bilic.

Target man Andy Carroll is still sidelined with a knee injury, while on-loan South America Jonathan Calleri is yet to feature on a regular basis following a loan move from Uruguayan side Deportivo Maldonado.

Sakho moved to England back in 2014 from French side Metz, and has scored 19 goals in just 41 starts for the Hammers.

The 26-year-old could join Bilic’s side for the first time this season, as the Hammers eye just a fourth Premier League win in their 11th attempt against Stoke on Saturday at the London Stadium.

A win could see Sakho and co. strengthen their position in the top flight as they look to achieve pre-season expectations of a potential European spot.

In other West Ham team news, this striker is training with the Hammers after reaching a January deal.