By Will Butcher

David Gold has revealed that Diafra Sakho is on his way back to full fitness, continuing his rehabilitation in Dubai.

Sakho, 27, underwent surgery on his back towards the end of December in order to fix a problem that had been causing discomfort for some while.

Posting on his personal Twitter account, the Hammers co-owner revealed that Sakho has been undergoing “aqua-aerobics sessions” and is “working hard” to regain his fitness.

Sakho, who missed the chance to represent Senegal at the Africa Cup of Nations because of the injury, will be welcomed back to the squad in the near future as Slaven Bilic looks to provide cover for Andy Carroll.

Sky Sports revealed immediately after Sakho had gone under the knife that he would be out for eight weeks, which would suggest that a return in early March is on the cards.

That means the Hammers’ number 15 is likely to miss Sunday’s clash against Walter Mazzarri’s Watford at Vicarage Road, as the Hammers look to make it seven wins from 11 league games.

Since his move to east London, Sakho has scored 20 times in just 52 league and cup appearances, but has managed just two starts this season.

In other West Ham news, Winston Reid has revealed why the Hammers have not missed Dimitri Payet following the playmaker’s return to Marseille in January.

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