West Ham boss expects Diafra Sakho return for Swansea tie

Diafra Sakho has been out of action for West Ham since the beginning of November.

Sakho has taken the Premier League by storm since his transfer to East London over the summer, with six goals in eight games helping the Hammers move into the European qualification places.

The 24-year-old was named Premier League Player of the Month for October after he scored three goals and registered an assist in just three games, and he became just the second player in Premier League history to score in his first six consecutive games, matching the record set by Mick Quinn in 1992.

However, a series of niggling injuries limited his participation heading into November, and, having been called up for international duty by Senegal, the forward was further injured, and he has not featured for the Hammers since November 8. Unfortunately for Hammers boss Sam Allardyce, Sakho’s absence also coincided with injuries to Enner Valencia, Cheikhou Kouyate and Stewart Downing, and, although the latter pair featured in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Newcastle, and Valencia is set to play a part at West Brom on Tuesday, Sakho will still not be back in action for the trip to the Hawthorns.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, quoted by the official Hammers website, Allardyce confirmed that Valencia was back in training on Monday, before going on to reveal that Sakho is scheduled for a return to match action this weekend - with Swansea travelling to the Boleyn Ground.

The 60-year-old said: “He won't be far away. It's a disappointment as he's been out for a while as he was in such good form.

“If all goes well he could be back to face Swansea on Sunday.”

A quick return for Sakho will be welcome news to the Irons’ faithful, with the team struggling to replicate their early season form during his absence.

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