By Danny Wright
West Ham have confirmed that Pedro Obiang is their only injury blow for Saturday’s clash with Swansea at the London Stadium.
The Hammers announced on their official website on Thursday that although Obiang, 25, is out of contention for the Premier League clash, Manuel Lanzini will be able to make his much-anticipated return to action against the Welsh side.
Obiang missed West Ham’s last game against Tottenham last week when Slaven Bilic’s side were beaten 3-2 in a frenetic London derby which almost saw the Irons come from behind to earn a point against the 10 men.
The Spanish midfielder’s absence will once again prove to be a blow this weekend against the Swans as just before his injury he was beginning to prove to be a key player in the club’s resurgence.
He scored in the 2-0 win over Huddersfield earlier this month – which remains the Hammers’ only win of the Premier League season so far – while also playing a big part in a clean sheet in a goalless draw at West Brom.
West Ham can move as high as 13th in the table by winning against Swansea this weekend, leapfrogging them in the progress as moving away from the early relegation contenders remains a key target for all those involved at the club.
In other West Ham news, Alan Pardew has admitted who he felt sorry for after the Spurs loss.