West Ham have given an update on their injured players.
He said: “Diafra has obviously been out for three months and will need a bit more time, while Andy [Carroll] and Winston [Reid] will hope to play some part in the games that we have got coming up next week. But I am confident that Sakho, Reid and Carroll will all play their part in a busy schedule for the club when we face Sunderland, Tottenham and Everton in the space of a week. Enner Valencia has seen a specialist and is doing individual training at the moment. We will know in the next few days if he has a part to play in the three games that we face next week.”
Both Sakho and Valencia sound as if they are close to returning to action, which is great news for the Hammers.
The two strikers have endured tough times with injury this season, with Sakho especially being struck down for an extended period.
Valencia missed the start of the season, and has since been in and out of the team, but Sakho picked up a hamstring injury in November, and has not played since then.
He is West Ham’s best striker, and although they have coped during his absence, there is a belief that the Hammers would be challenging for the top four if he had been playing for the last few months.
Slaven Bilic’s team currently sit in seventh, seven points behind Manchester City in fourth.
With Sakho expected to be back before too long, as well as Valencia being almost ready to return to action, West Ham can push on in the final months of the season.
A top four finish is certainly still possible, and maybe with a full strength squad, Bilic can lead the Hammers to their best ever Premier League finish.