West Ham injury update ahead of Chelsea clash, trio available
By Harvey Byrne
West Ham medical chief Stijn Vandenbroucke has also provided an encouraging update on injured trio Gokhan Tore, Manuel Lanzini and Aaron Cresswell.
Lanzini suffered a knee injury while away with Argentina at the Olympic games and Cresswell sustained a knee injury last month that will sideline him for four months.
Tore also broke down with a knee problem, which he suffered in the club’s training session in the build-up to the match against NK Domzale.
It has been revealed by that Lanzini, 23, is out of a brace and started running on Wednesday.
The club’s head of medical and sports science is also pleased with Cresswell’s rehabiliation.
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“He did not require an operation and is making very good progress,” Vandenbroucke said on the official club website. “Aaron has been wearing a brace and using crutches for a few weeks.
“He has now started walking with the brace, partially weight bearing. On Sunday we will take the brace off and progress to the next steps in his rehabilitation process.”
Finally, Vandenbroucke revealed that new signing Tore, 24, has returned to training with the senior squad on Thursday.
Sam Byram has been filling in for Creswell while the full-back has been injured with Michail Antonio also playing out of position in a full-back role covering for Byram on the right side of defence.
The Hammers have added left-back Arthur Masuaku to their squad, but they will be hoping that Cresswell makes a speedy return to the first-team.
The club have also splashed out on a record signing in bringing Andre Ayew to the side from Premier League rivals Swansea for £20.5million with the Ghanaian forward expected to compete for a position in the team with Tore and Lanzini.
Slaven Bilic will be keen to manage a successful season in charge of the Hammers, as they enter a historic first season at their new Olympic Stadium.
In other West Ham team news, Ayew has claimed that his friend Dimitri Payet will have an even better second season.