West Ham blow as report provides fitness update on 32-year-old ahead of Swansea clash
By Will Butcher
West Ham’s chances of securing three points against Swansea on Saturday have taken a hit as Fernando Llorente may return from an ankle problem, according to a report.
The 32-year-old striker has missed Swansea’s last two outings after suffering an ankle injury against Bournemouth on March 18, during the Swans’ 2-0 loss at the Vitality Stadium.
ITV News revealed on their website that the Spain international could be set to return to Paul Clement’s side, as the Welsh outfit look to inflict further misery on Slaven Bilic.
The Hammers have lost their last five games and are without a win in seven outings, and the return of Llorente could see Swansea make that eight.
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But Bilic will be hopeful that his side can earn all three points, after smashing Swansea 4-1 at the Liberty Stadium last time out thanks to goals from Andre Ayew, Michail Antonio, Winston Reid and Andy Carroll.
However, former Juventus striker Llorente scored Swansea’s only goal against the Hammers last time out and he could look to build on that this time round.
Bilic’s side sit just five points above 18th placed Swansea after losses to the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Leicester and will be desperate for three points to push them away from a relegation fight.
In other West Ham news, Bilic must axe this midfielder before recalling him against Sunderland on April 15.