By Will Butcher

West Ham have revealed that defender Angelo Ogbonna is on course to completing a full recovery from a knee injury.

Ogbonna, 28, was ruled out for the rest of the season after undergoing knee surgery on the long-term injury picked up against Middlesbrough during the 3-1 win back in January.

West Ham posted a video of the Italy international Ogbonna on their official Twitter account, who is undergoing the rehabilitation phase of his recovery after going under the knife.

The loss of former Juventus centre back Ogbonna saw manager Slaven Bilic enter the January transfer market late on in the month to sign former Southampton captain Jose Fonte.

Fonte’s partnership with New Zealand international Winston Reid has struck a chord and played an instrumental part in the Hammers’ recent resurgent form.

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With James Collins also vying for a place at the back, Ogbonna will find competition aplenty when he finally recovers from the long-term knee injury.

Since his move to the Hammers from Serie A champions Juventus, West Ham’s number 21 has made 59 appearances in all competitions, scoring just one goal against Liverpool in the FA Cup.

This season, Ogbonna has been one of the first names on Bilic’s team sheet, making 26 league and cup appearances and keeping six clean sheets in the process.

In other West Ham news, Tony Cottee has revealed where he think the Hammers will finish this season.

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