West Ham announce major update on Manuel Lanzini's fitness, Kouyate absence explained

Manuel Lanzini is close to re-joining the West Ham squad.

West Ham United's Head of Medical and Sports Science Stijn Vandenbroucke has told the club's official website that Manuel Lanzini could be back training with the first team in a matter of days.

The Hammers have had a number of injury concerns this season, and picked up a few more during Tuesday's 2-1 FA Cup win over Liverpool at Upton Park.

Defenders Winston Reid and Joey O'Brien both suffered injuries in that dramatic win, and now the Hammers have provided an update on both players.

Head of Medical and Sports Science Stijn Vandenbroucke claims that both players will undergo scans today to determine the severity of their respective injuries, whilst he also offered an update on the situation surrounding Cheikhou Kouyate.

The Senegal international picked up a concussion against Liverpool, and whilst he is now fine, Premier League rules dictate that he will miss this weekend's trip to Norwich City.

"Cheikhou Kouyate lost consciousness during a challenge with Liverpool defender Jon Flanagan," said Vandenbroucke. "He came off the pitch with mild concussion and was taken to hospital to clear any further problems. He was cleared by a specialist and is fine now. The rules stipulate that when a player is concussed, they cannot have significant physical activity for the next six days so he will miss the weekend game against Norwich," he added.

Vandenbroucke also revealed that James Tomkins will miss the next six weeks with a calf injury, whilst Alex Song faces a race against time to face Norwich after picking up a 'minor knock'.

Finally, Vandenbroucke looked to Manuel Lanzini, stating that the Argentine is a matter of days away from returning to training - but striker Diafra Sakho is a little further away.

"Lanzini is only a few days away before re-joining the team," said Vandenbroucke. "Sakho is not far behind him but he needs more work because he has been out for around ten weeks so he will have a period of extra fitness work under his belt. We hope to see him back in action by the end of the month," he added.

Lanzini has been a big miss for the Hammers, as his creativity on the ball takes some pressure and attention off Dimitri Payet - and having played just twice since the end of November, Hammers fans surely can't wait for the loanee's return to the side.

How big will Lanzini's return be for West Ham?

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