Downing provides fitness update after picking up knock on England duty

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West Ham United's Stewart Downing has given a positive report on the injury he picked up on international duty this week.

Stewart Downing believes that he is likely to be fit to play for West Ham United this weekend, when they take on Everton.

Downing has just returned to the Hammers after the international break, where he has not been able to train all week.

The experienced midfielder picked aggravated a knock during the warm-up when England faced Slovenia at the weekend, but he appears to have got over that complaint.

Downing played 45 minutes for the Three Lions in their 3-1 win over Scotland last night and he feels that he will be ready to play again on Saturday for his club team. 

"I had not trained all week but was passed fit to play and was just happy to get out there and play 45 minutes," he told the Daily Mail. "I came through it and should be ok for this weekend’s game for West Ham.

"There’s a bit of swelling on the knee but it’s just a bang. I was fit to play and I was fine."

Downing would have been hoping to make a bigger impression during England's match against Scotland last night after spending over two years out of the international fold.

The 30-year-old has earned a call-up after showing fine form for his club, but he struggled to showcase his ability in an England shirt. 

Downing has played behind the strikers for West Ham throughout the campaign so far, but was forced to play on the left-hand-side of three central-midfielders last night and he never truly looked comfortable. 

The former Aston Villa and Liverpool star is capable in possession, but he lacked the physical presence to make an impression in the centre of the pitch yesterday. 

The Hammers will be hoping to see him back to his best at the weekend, though.

Downing has established himself as the creative fulcrum of the side and they will be looking for him to carve open an impressive looking Everton team, as they seek another three points to help them consolidate their lofty position in the Premier League table. 

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