West Ham playmaker Manuel Lanzini is in the squad to face Bournemouth this weekend, the club have confirmed.
The Argentinian international missed the 2-0 win against Manchester United and the 4-0 defeat to Oxford United in the Carabao Cup midweek due to a bruised foot he picked up on international duty earlier this month.
Lanzini was expected to be out for longer and supporters on Twitter are delighted by the early return of one of their key players:
— Ⓟⓗⓘⓛⓘⓟ 父 Ⓦⓘⓛⓚⓘⓝⓢⓞⓝ 父 (@PW57WHU) 27 September 2019
‘3/4 weeks out’ pic.twitter.com/kAh6EVida9
— fj (@FynnJohnson) 27 September 2019
— daniel (@WHUDaniel_) 27 September 2019
Put him in for Fornals
— Jacob (@JacobC2018) 27 September 2019
Please don’t rush him back 🙄
— Lawrence Belcher (@Lawrenceee_B) 27 September 2019
That's good news
— Madhusudan Chouhan🇮🇳 (@lmMadhusudan) 27 September 2019
— San Pellegrini ™ (@WestHamCF) 27 September 2019
Amazing Argentinians !!!
— Menino Pidão. (@SeiSavio) 27 September 2019
My 💎 😍🤤⚒⚒⚒⚒
— Aki Wickes (@AkiW_M) 27 September 2019
— Chaz Braxton Cole ⚒ (@Chaz_B_Cole) 27 September 2019
Considering how well the 26-year-old has been playing at the start of the season, manager Manuel Pellegrini may be tempted to put him back into the starting line up straight away.
However, after having to rest after playing through the pain barrier against Aston Villa with the injury, the Hammers may be more cautious this time and ease him back into things by starting him on the bench when they face the Cherries tomorrow afternoon.