West Ham have four players currently on the treatment table ahead of Saturday’s game against Sheffield United, with only one likely to return for the weekend.
Left-back Aaron Cresswell did not feature in the 2-0 defeat to Everton because of a minor groin injury but the Hammers are said to be confident that he’ll be fit to face the Blades.
Michail Antonio is likely to return earlier than expected from a hamstring problem after making good progress in his rehabilitation but it could still be a number of weeks before he is back on the training pitch.
Manager Manuel Pellegrini provided a pessimistic update on Lukasz Fabianski’s hip injury last week. The Irons boss confirmed that the Polish international won’t be back until the New Year after undergoing surgery:
“Lukasz had his surgery last Saturday and now he must be patient. He needs some time to recover, you cannot do it faster than you need and as we said at the beginning, probably he will return in the New Year.”
It was initially predicted that the 34-year-old would be out for a maximum of three months, and considering he sustained the injury at the end of September, it seems that prediction was optimistic.
There is some good news on Winston Reid, though, with the New Zealander having been pencilled in to play for the Under 23s when they play Stoke this evening. The defender has been out for 19 months with a knee injury.