Alex Song eyes West Ham return for clash with rivals Tottenham

The midfielder is battling his way back from an ankle injury and played 60 minutes against Crystal Palace in midweek.

Speaking to the club’s official website, West Ham United midfielder Alex Song says he is hoping to return to the side after the international break.

The midfielder has missed the entirety of the 2015/16 campaign so far since re-signing from Barcelona in the summer.

He picked up an ankle injury before the start of the season, and has since been fighting his way back to full fitness.

He stepped up that rehabilitation this week as he managed 60 minutes in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Crystal Palace at Upton Park.

And he says he is eyeing up a return for the London derby with Tottenham Hotspur on November 22

“I was very happy to be back on the pitch against Crystal Palace on Wednesday because it has been six months since I last played,” he told

“We play Tottenham and Man Utd in the next few weeks and I have to be ready. I'll work very hard in the next few weeks to be ready for those games.”

Given how strongly West Ham have started the season, it’s fair to say that Song should not immediately return to the first-team when he is fit.

The Hammers have looked a solid and well organised unit so far this season, and manager Slaven Bilic is unlikely to want to disrupt that balance by throwing Song straight into the mix.

However, given the experience the midfielder has, he will likely prove vital to them later on in the season if they are to maintain their current push for a top-four finish.

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