According to Football.London, Ryan Fredericks is in line to possibly make a return from injury this weekend.
The right-back joined The Hammers from Fulham last summer, but has been blighted by injury since then, meaning he has only been able to make four Premier League appearances.
This is a major boost for West Ham, who have not been dealt with great news throughout the month given the transfer rumours that some of their players have been embroiled in, namely Marko Arnautović. A return like this is almost the same as a new signing given the lack of football that he has played.
In the 26-year-old’s absence, manager Manuel Pellegrini has had to extensively rely on Pablo Zabaleta. The Argentinian is certainly a good player, but at the age of 34, Pellegrini would have been hoping to balance his workload a bit more this season to allow him to last the distance, but has unfortunately been unable to.
The Chilean has had to turn to Michail Antonio as a fullback whenever Zabaleta has been unavailable. Not only is this not Antonio’s favoured position, but it deprives him from being a threat further up the field. Given the injuries that The Hammers also have with their attackers, Pellegrini must have been torn at times throughout this season in how he uses Antonio. The return of Fredericks alleviates all of these problems.
West Ham travel to League One outfit Wimbledon this weekend in the FA Cup, which would be a perfect match for Fredericks to mark his return.
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