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8th Mar, 2017 | 8:28pm

West Ham medical chief delivers injury update on 27-year-old ace, fans will be encouraged

By Matt Farr

West Ham medical chief Stijn Vandenbroucke has revealed that Diafra Sakho could return to action in April.

The 27-year-old has been sidelined with a back injury since Christmas, but Vandenbroucke has revealed to the club’s official website that Sakho has returned from a successful visit to see a specialist in France.

Sakho has been blighted by injuries throughout his West Ham career, and has been restricted to just two first team appearances this season.

But he could be set to return to training with the first team in April, paving the way for a potential return to the pitch before the end of the season.

The West Ham head of medical and sports science said: “Diafra has returned from a visit to the specialist in France, where they were happy with the progression of his rehab after his surgery.

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“He will now step up his work with the rehab fitness coach, with a view to being reintroduced to full training in April.”

Vandenbroucke’s positive injury update will give West Ham fans reason to be encouraged, after seeing their side with few options in the goalscoring department throughout the season.

Andy Carroll has also spent much of the campaign on the sidelines, while Jonathan Calleri and Ashley Fletcher have proven to be ineffective goalscoring options.

Meanwhile, summer flop Simone Zaza had his loan deal terminated in January after failing to score for the club.

During his brief first team stint this season, Sakho managed to find the back of the net once, in a 1-1 draw with Manchester United on November 27.

West Brom had tried to sign Sakho for £15million back in August, but they pulled out of the deal because of Sakho’s back problems.

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