West Ham have had a lot of injury problems this season, especially in the run up to the new year.
Things, however, are looking a bit better with Manuel Lanzini returning to training ahead of the Hammers’ London derby versus Fulham at the London Stadium tomorrow.
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“For this game, we have the squad which was playing most of the games and for this week I think we will have the squad list [on Thursday] and maybe Lanzini and Nasri can be included on the squad list,” Manuel Pellegrini told reporters in his pre-match press conference (via West Ham’s official club website).
Lanzini has yet to play a game for the Hammers this season following the knee injury he picked up last summer while on international duty with Argentina meaning some rustiness can be expected.
But the 26-year-old remains a player with a lot of technical ability and the type Pellegrini loves to build his team around.
Lanzini is a small, agile No.10 with great dribbling skill and movement in between the lines.
Under Pellegrini, he could develop into something special as he approaches the peak years of his career.
For now, though, the Argentina international will be focusing on returning to full fitness before trying to play a big role in a season where West Ham could end up finishing as high as seventh place.