West Ham United youngster Lennon Peake recently made his return to football after undergoing two surgeries since 2020.
The Lowdown: Peake’s injuries
After rupturing his ACL, MCL, LCL and meniscus, the midfielder underwent an initial surgery to repair the problem.
However, issues emerged following the procedure, and the 20-year-old had to undergo a second surgery – effectively restarting his recovery process from the beginning.
As a result, the last time Peake took to the field in a competitive match was back in February 2020.
The Latest: Peake’s return
As per Claret & Hugh’s report, Peake made his return to football at the weekend as he appeared for West Ham’s U21’s side in their Premier League 2 clash against Manchester City.
“It was almost like starting again. It’s been a long journey, a long road, but it’s great to be back. I’ll never take playing football for granted ever again.”
The Verdict: Pushing through the ranks
Getting back to full fitness with the U21’s, Claret & Hugh claim that the 20-year-old will now be dreaming of making a breakthrough to the Irons’ first-team, hoping to establish himself as a prospect for Moyes’ squad going forward.
However, as West Ham’s busy transfer window saw eight new players worth £170m arrive through the door at Rush Green, the opportunity to break through into the first-team squad will appear even more difficult for the academy’s youngsters.
Becoming a prominent player in the Premier League 2 will be imperative for Peake if he is going to bounce back from what was seen as a potentially career-ending injury.
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