By Will Butcher

Reece Oxford has labelled his eventual return from injury as “very nice” after captaining West Ham’s reserve side against Norwich City on Monday.

The 18-year-old was dominant at the back as the Hammers earned a 2-1 win at the Chigwell Construction Stadium, thanks to goals from Ashley Fletcher and Marcus Browne.

Speaking to West Ham’s official website after the match, Oxford revealed his delight at returning to full fitness after a frustrating spell on the sidelines.

“I’ve been out for about two and a bit months now but it’s very nice to get back with the U23s and get a win,” said Oxford.

“It’s been a bit frustrating but hopefully now I’m back fit, I can get back in the side and help the team.”

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Oxford, who can play in both centre-back and holding midfield, has been ruled out since the end of October after injuring his ankle in training.

The England Under-20 international made history last term at the age of just 16, becoming the seventh youngest player in Premier League history in West Ham’s 2-0 win at Arsenal.

Manager Slaven Bilic will be delighted to see the youngster return, with only Winston Reid, Angela Ogbonna and James Collins his other central-defensive options.

Since his debut in the Europa League against Andorran side FC Lusitans, Oxford has made just 14 senior appearances with only eight of those coming from the start.

West Ham icon Tony Cottee claimed last month that the teenage ace could leave the London Stadium on loan to gain first-team experience.

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