West Ham release injury update; bad news for centre-back, positive steps for three players

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West Ham have a number of players still out injured.

Speaking to the West Ham website, head of medical Stijn Vandenbroucke has given an update on the injury status of a number of Hammers players, ahead of the weekend’s FA Cup tie against Manchester United.

Vandenbroucke said: “Unfortunately, James Collins suffered a hamstring injury in the Spurs game. Enner Valencia, Victor Moses and Joey O’Brien all re-joined training earlier this week after recovering from a right high ankle sprain, a quadriceps injury and hamstring problem respectively.

Winston Reid is going to join training on Friday. James Tomkins is in the final stage of his rehabilitation after recovering from the calf injury he suffered at Southampton on 6 February, and he will start training again next week.”

Collins was taken off in the victory over Spurs, and he is set to miss a number of weeks. This means Reece Oxford will continue to be used at centre-back alongside Angelo Ogbonna, although Slaven Bilic could utilise Cheikhou Kouyate if he does not trust the youngster.

Winston Reid’s return will be greeted with happiness, but he is only going to start training this week ahead of a long recovery block on the training pitch, meaning he also will not feature for a number of weeks.

This is the same as James Tomkins, who is set to return to the training pitch next week, but with no planned date for a return to playing action.

The more positive news comes involving Enner Valencia, Victor Moses and Joey O’Brien, who all rejoined training earlier this week after recovering from various light injuries.

There is no knowing whether they will be ready for this weekend’s FA Cup game against Manchester United, but returns are not too far away.

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