By Will Butcher
West Ham star Aaron Cresswell has continued his recovery from a pre-season knee injury by scoring a sublime goal in training.
The left-back has failed to feature for the Hammers this season after being on the receiving end of a robust tackle in a friendly against German side Karlsruher SC.
Cresswell, who has been sidelined until now, reminded teammates and staff alike with what he can do with his left foot.
West Ham’s official Twitter account posted a video of him lashing a ball home into the top corner from outside the area during Wednesday’s training session.
This comes after West Ham co owner David Gold revealed that the former Ipswich Town defender could be line to make a first-team return, as the Hammers face Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Cresswell’s return to the side will come as a welcome relief to Hammers fans, after back-up left-back Arthur Masuaku was ruled out for six weeks with a similar problem.
New signing Alvaro Arbeloa has been playing out of position on the left side of Slaven Bilic’s four-man defence, but Liverpool-born Cresswell could replace the Spaniard in three days’ time.
The East London outfit go into the game against their London counterparts Palace in a dismal run of form that has sparked speculation over the future of Bilic. Just one Premier League win all season has seen the Hammers slip into the top-flight relegation zone.
However, three points against ex-West Ham boss Alan Pardew on Saturday could see Bilic’s side move up to as high as 14th place.
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