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20th Oct, 2016 | 8:20pm

Young West Ham star posts positive Twitter message ahead of Sunderland clash

By Will Butcher

Reece Oxford has revealed that he took part in a good training session ahead of Saturday’s game against Sunderland.

The teenage star could be in line to make the matchday squad against David Moyes’ struggling side, as defender Aaron Cresswell is ruled out with suspension.

Oxford, who was reportedly high on the shortlist of both Manchester clubs this summer, revealed on his personal Twitter account that Thursday’s session went well.

The versatile defender has struggled to make a breakthrough into Slaven Bilic’s senior squad this term, making just two first-team appearances, with the last coming back in August in the Europa League.

Oxford broke onto the scene last season, after impressing in the qualifying stages of the Europa League before picking up the man of the match award against Arsenal.

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Winston Reid, Angelo Ogbonna and James Collins are all considered above the young Englishman in the centre back pecking order, but at just 17, Oxford has plenty of time to be work his way back into Bilic’s thoughts.

A win for the Hammers against rock bottom Sunderland could see them move as high as 13th place if results go their way.

However, a loss could see them just as easily drop back into the relegation zone after a dismal start that has seen them win just twice in eight domestic games.

In other West Ham news, this is the expected line up to face Sunderland on Saturday.