By Will Butcher
Slaven Bilic has revealed that three injury-prone West Ham players have all returned to first-team training ahead of Saturday’s clash against Leicester City.
Sam Byram, Reece Oxford and Manuel Lanzini have all recovered to the extent that has allowed them to return to training, and could now be in contention to feature against the Foxes.
Speaking ahead of Saturday’s clash against the Premier League champions, Bilic revealed that all three players have returned from injury.
“Manuel Lanzini will train with us today and we will see for the Leicester game. Everyone else should be okay from Swansea game,” Bilic told West Ham’s official Twitter account.
“Reece Oxford will start training today and Sam Byram is back in training.”
Former Leeds ace Byram has been sidelined for the majority of the season, after undergoing an operation to repair a long-standing hamstring injury.
Argentine playmaker Lanzini has been out with a knee injury after going off at half time against Hull earlier this month, but his return will come as a boost as he was expected to be sidelined until late Janaury.
Teenage wonderkid Reece Oxford is also set to return soon, after suffering an ankle injury in training back in November.
However, with Winston Reid, Angela Ogbonna and James Collins ahead of him in the centre-back pecking order, Oxford is unlikely to earn a place back in the side and could find first-team football on loan elsewhere.
A win for the Hammers against Claudio Ranieri’s struggling Leicester could see the Hammers move as high as eighth in the Premier League if Watford, West Brom and Southampton all drop points.
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