Stijn Vandenbroucke confirms Pedro Obiang is available for selection this weekend

Pedro Obiang is available for selection as West Ham take on West Brom this weekend.

Speaking to the official West Ham website, head of medical Stijn Vandenbroucke has confirmed that Pedro Obiang is available for selection this weekend, having not played a game since the middle of October.

Vandenbroucke said: “We start with Pedro Obiang, who returned to training with the group last week following his recovery from a quadriceps injury. Pedro has now got more training days under his belt. He will be available for selection on Sunday.”

This is a massive boost for head coach Slaven Bilic, who has been without Obiang since the 2-1 victory over Chelsea in October.

He has missed the last three games, of which none have been a victory, and Bilic will be pleased to be able to call upon another defensive midfielder after seeing Mark Noble and Cheikhou Kouyate overrun in the 4-1 defeat against Spurs on Sunday.

Obiang was fit in time for that game, but had trained too little to even be named on the bench, and Bilic could be tempted to name the Spaniard in his starting XI against West Brom this coming weekend.

He will add more stability to the Hammers’ midfield, and his return will be well greeted by both the head coach and fans who have seen their team struggle in recent weeks.

Obiang was starting to establish himself in the starting XI prior to his injury, and he will be hoping to prove himself to Bilic now that he is back and ready to play.

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