Sam Allardyce confirms Diafra Sakho has returned to training after injury

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West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has confirmed that forward Diafra Sakho has returned to training after sustaining a shoulder injury two weeks ago.

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has confirmed that forward Diafra Sakho has returned to training after sustaining a shoulder injury two weeks ago.

Sakho missed the 2-2 draw with Stoke City after colliding with Manchester City's Joe Hart in a 2-1 win over the Champions at Upton Park, and it will be a welcome boost for the Hammers given Sakho's spectacular start to the season. 

The 24-year-old has scored six goals in his first seven Premier League games, and has played a big part in West Ham currently sitting fourth in the table at this early stage of the season.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of the game against Aston Villa, Allardyce gave updates on the fitness of Winston Reid and Andy Carroll.

"Sakho is training today for the first time since his injury. Winston Reid will also do some training for the first time and then we'll make the final decisions tomorrow on who's available for selection.

"It depends how Andy trains the next two days whether he gets into the squad or not on Saturday.

"If not this weekend by the end of the international break he will be ready to come back into the squad."

Reid has recently been struggling with a thigh injury, whilst Carroll has been on the sidelines for some time with an ankle problem.

The Hammers face an Aston Villa side in poor form at the moment having lost six consecutive Premier League games, which leaves them one point above the relegation zone, and Allardyce doesn't seem to be underestimating his struggling opponents.

He said: "There's a huge pressure that comes on you when you lose games on the trot so I do have sympathy for Paul Lambert, but we've got to make sure we try and continue their poor run on Saturday.

"We've got to make sure we don't leave ourselves open to the counter attacking game which they've done well away from home.

"The players in our squad have to maintain 100% physical, mental and tactical focus to win games because the opposition is so tough in this league."

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