West Ham United midfielder Felipe Anderson is ahead of schedule on his return from injury, that is according to a report from the Evening Standard.
The Brazilian picked up a back injury during a 1-0 defeat away at Sheffield United back in January but is closing in on a return.
David Moyes had ruled Anderson out for a month just two weeks ago (Daily Mail), which was a major blow as the Hammers battle to avoid relegation from the Premier League. However, according to the Evening Standard, there is an outside chance that the former Lazio man could be fit enough to make his return against Manchester City at the Etihad on Sunday.
If that is the case then it would mean that the 26-year-old missed just four league games, which were against Everton, Leicester City, Liverpool and Brighton (Transfermarkt).
Having Anderson back available would certainly be a major boost for West Ham. Whilst he may not have been at his best this season, he did score his first goal of the campaign in Moyes’ first game in charge which was a 4-0 success against AFC Bournemouth (Transfermarkt).
He is one of their best-attacking threats, as proven last season when he scored nine goals and provided four assists in 36 Premier League appearances (Transfermarkt).
Added to that, their other attacking minded midfield players aren’t currently doing much. Manuel Lanzini is bang out of form and is without a goal or an assist since 2nd November (Transfermarkt), whilst Pablo Fornals has just one goal and three assists in the league all season (Transfermarkt).
Are West Ham too good to go down?
They are currently in a perilous position, sitting in the relegation zone with just 13 games left to play (BBC Sport). If they are to avoid the drop then they need their top players in the team and Anderson is certainly one of those.
West Ham fans, how big a boost would it be to have Felipe Anderson back from injury ahead of schedule? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…
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