Carl Jenkinson: Recently injured Enner Valencia looks 'very sharp' in training

Enner Valencia, Andy Carroll, Mark Noble

West Ham defender Carl Jenkinson has praised forward Enner Valencia.

West Ham right back Carl Jenkinson has told the club's official website that team-mate Enner Valencia has looked sharp in training since returning from a foot injury.

Valencia, 25, arrived at Upton Park from Pachuca last summer having scored all three of Ecuador's goals at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

So far this season, Valencia has scored just five goals, but he's earned plenty of plaudits from inside and outside of Upton Park for his pace and work rate, as well as his versatility having played up front and on the right hand side of midfield.

Recent speculation from the Daily Mirror has suggested that Chelsea are interested in signing Valencia at the end of the season, but the focus for the Hammers of late has been Valencia's injury status.

Valencia has recently been ruled out having gashed his foot on a piece of broken glass in his house, and has only just returned to the West Ham side.

Valencia couldn't help West Ham avoid a 2-0 defeat to Manchester City on Sunday afternoon, but team-mate Carl Jenkinson has told the club's official website that Valencia looks sharp in training - and believes that the Hammers will need Valencia in the side given that Diafra Sakho is out injured.

"Enner looks very confident at the moment and I’m happy for him because he’s been out for a few weeks. He’s been very sharp in training and he’s showed it with his run in the second half," said Jenkinson.

"I’m happy for him and we’re going to need him because it looks like we’re going to be without Diafra Sakho for a while. It’s good for Enner because it looks like he’ll play a big part for us for the rest of the season," he added.

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