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West Ham defender closes in on comeback after two-month absence

By Will Butcher

Reece Oxford is closing in on a comeback for West Ham after a two-month injury absence.

The 17-year-old defender, who can also play in midfield, has been sidelined with an ankle injury since October, when he broke down on the training ground.

Posting on his personal Twitter account, Oxford revealed that he will “soon be back training again” as he continues rehabilitation sessions on his injured ankle.

Oxford is considered one of the Premier League’s brightest English talents, after making his debut against Arsenal at just 16 years of age during the 2015-16 campaign.

Since then, the teenage star has struggled to gain a permanent place in the Hammers starting eleven, making just 14 league and cup appearances in total for the East London side.

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This season, Oxford had made two Europa League appearances in August but has since failed to make a first-team outing.

With the likes of Winston Reid, Angela Ogbonna and James Collins ahead of him in the pecking order, Oxford has his work cut out to work his way back into Bilic’s side.

West Ham’s number 35, who has three caps for England’s Under-20 side, has reportedly attracted the interest of both Manchester clubs in recent months.

The Daily Mail have previously stated that Oxford is rated at £18million by West Ham chiefs amid interest from both City and United.

In other West Ham news, this youngster is reportedly on the radar of London rivals Arsenal.