West Ham's James Tomkins provides update over his fitness

West Ham United defender James Tomkins wants to be available for selection before the end of the season.

West Ham United defender James Tomkins has told the club’s website that it’s his plan to be in full training before the club’s final game of the season against Newcastle United.

The centre back has provided an update on his return from a dislocated shoulder injury and things are looking good as he tries to get back to a state where he can give manager Sam Allardyce an extra option along the back four.

“It’s going well, I’m out on the pitch now, running and stepping up the training. I like being out there with the ball at my feet, so I’ve been doing some light training in the run up to the Everton game,” he said.

“Hopefully I’ll be in full training ahead of Newcastle. That’s the plan and I’m being positive that I can stay fit for the end of the season.”

West Ham youngster Reece Burke has been able to step up and perform in the backline while Tomkins has been out injured and he’s one positive to come out of Tomkins’ spell on the side lines.

With the pressure off of the club, Allardyce may not be willing to throw Tomkins back into the team with Burke playing well and developing in positive fashion.

That will allow Tomkins to take his time in training, recovering fully so that he can take part in pre-season and be fully fit ahead of the new season.

There is always a little bit of a worry with players coming back over throwing them back into a team prematurely and Allardyce will want to be cautious over his approach.

However, there’s no harm in having Tomkins as an option on the bench if he’s not fit enough to play a full 90 minutes.

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