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22nd Mar, 2017 | 8:43pm

Medical chief: This is when injured 28-year-old could return for West Ham

By Matt Farr

West Ham medical chief Stijn Vandenbroucke has revealed that Angelo Ogbonna could return to training in four to five weeks.

The 28-year-old defender has been sidelined since the end of the January after it was confirmed that he required surgery on a knee injury.

It was also confirmed that the pending surgery would end Ogbonna’s season, but Vandenbroucke has revealed that he could be back in training with the West Ham first team within four or five weeks.

However, he would still be a long way off making a return to the matchday squad, but Vandenbroucke’s update will be a positive sign for fans that his recovery is making excellent progress.

The West Ham chief told the club’s official website: “Angelo Ogbonna is progressing well after his knee surgery in late January, and if his rehab remains on schedule, he will return to training with the first team in around four to five weeks.”

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Ogbonna has been a key player for West Ham this season, and despite the addition of Jose Fonte in January, have struggled defensively in his absence.

The Italy international made 25 appearances for the club in all competitions before his injury setback.

Vandenbroucke also confirmed that midfielder Mark Noble will resume training with the first team this week after a brief setback, and will be in contention to face Hull on April 1.

Youngster Domingos Quina, who has been a regular member of the matchday squad under Slaven Bilic, meanwhile, has entered the second stage of his rehabilitation programme.

But Diafra Sakho is still some way off being fit enough to return to the first team, and will continue his recovery on the sidelines alongside West Ham’s latest three casulaties, Pedro Obiang, Winston Reid and Michail Antonio.

In other West Ham news, Jack Sullivan has reacted on Twitter to reports linking the club with a summer move for Wayne Rooney.

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