West Ham update Lanzini's situation, Reid and Sakho may return to training imminently

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West Ham are expecting Winston Reid and Diafra Sakho to return to training on Monday.

West Ham United's Head of Medical and Sports Science Stijn Vandenbroucke has told the club's official website that there is good news on the injury front.

The Hammers performed a stunning comeback to draw 2-2 with Norwich City last weekend, having been 2-0 down at Carrow Road before Dimitri Payet and Mark Noble found the net.

Slaven Bilic's men are in FA Cup action this weekend, as they travel to Ewood Park to take on Championship outfit Blackburn Rovers in the fifth round of the competition.

Bilic may use the game to give a run out to some fringe players, as well as players who coming back from injury, after a host of absentees in recent weeks.

The big one is playmaker Manuel Lanzini, who has played just 84 minutes of football since the start of December. The loanee has been a big player for the Hammers this season, and having him back would be a major boost.

Now, West Ham's Head of Medical and Sports Science Stijn Vandenbroucke has told the club's official website that Lanzini has returned to training, and is in line to play a part against Blackburn this weekend.

"Manuel Lanzini has returned to training with the squad," said Vandenbroucke. "Manuel joined the team on the training pitch on Sunday after recovering from the thigh problem he suffered in the Barclays Premier League win over Liverpool on 2 January. He will train for the full week and will be available to play a part in Sunday’s Emirates FA Cup tie at Blackburn Rovers."

Vandenbroucke also revealed that defender Winstone Reid and striker Diafra Sakho are close to returning to action, and are likely to be involved in training on Monday - but Enner Valencia, Andy Carroll and James Tomkins are all suffering from injury problems.

"To continue the good news theme, Winston Reid and Diafra Sakho will both return to training with the squad on Monday if this week's rehab progresses as planned."

"Enner Valencia suffered a right ankle injury in a tackle during the second half [against Norwich] and came off, while Andy Carroll injured his adductor. James Tomkins is progressing well with his treatment after suffering a calf injury at Southampton, but he will be sidelined for five to six weeks," he added.

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