West Ham star Enner Valencia explains his bizarre injury - involving toothpaste

Enner Valencia, Andy Carroll, Mark Noble

West Ham United ace Enner Valencia is on the road to recovery.

West Ham United forward Enner Valencia has told the club's official website that he has returned to light training after a bizarre injury.

The Ecuadorian joined the Hammers from Pachuca last summer in a deal believed to be worth £12m, having starred at last summer's World Cup in Brazil with all three of Ecuador's goals.

The 25-year-old has scored five goals in 30 appearances this season, but has impressed with his pace and work rate in the West Ham attack.

Valencia has been ruled out for the last month though, having suffered a bizarre injury in his own home - and Valencia explained the incident on the West Ham official website.

"Basically, what happened is that about one or two o’clock in the afternoon, a cup that was on the toilet where I kept the toothbrushes and toothpaste fell on the ground and broke," said Valencia.

"I picked up the pieces and I didn’t realise I had missed a piece. Then, in the middle of the night I went to the toilet bare-footed and half-asleep and stepped right on it."

It's a freak injury that nobody could have predicted, but Valencia's injury has left West Ham short up top, especially considering that Andy Carroll is out until the end of the season and Mauro Zarate is on loan with QPR.

Valencia's return will be a boost to West Ham in the run-in to the end of the season, and he confirmed that he is back in light training - but ultimately, the decision over his return to the first-team will rest with manager Sam Allardyce.

"I’m feeling great at the moment as I’ve been able to get back on the pitch this week and kick the ball. I’ve been running for a few days and am feeling very well, so it just depends on what the manager and the staff decide now," he added.

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