Winston Reid can see the light at the end of the tunnel following his recent ankle injury.

The 25-year-old defender has been absent since suffering a high ankle sprain in early November, an injury which required surgery.

Reid is well along the road to recovery now and is looking forward to returning to training sooner rather than later.

"The recovery has been going okay," he told West Ham TV. "I'm coming along and it'll be another month or so before I'm back fit.

"I've just been recovering from the operation so far - doing my gym work in the first four weeks, so I probably couldn't have done as much as I'd have wanted to, but I'm steadily getting better.

"The hard bit is those first couple of weeks when I was lying on my couch not able to do much, but now I can try to get my fitness back so hopefully that won't take so long."

Reid suffered the injury just before a run of crucial Hammers games, as well as New Zealand's FIFA World Cup Qualification Play-Off with Mexico.

The No2 was disappointed to miss out on those, and is keen to make up for lost time upon his return.

He continued: "The timing wasn't ideal with important games for West Ham and World Cup qualifiers for New Zealand, but whenever you get an injury it's never going to be ideal.

"You just have to deal with these things. I've sort of managed to put it behind me and get on with my everyday life. Now I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

"The staff around me have been working well and trying to give me the best options to get back as quickly as possible."

Reid has been happy to see the team remain defensively sound since his injury-enforced absence, and he is hoping their fortunes in front of goal will start to improve from Wednesday's Capital One Cup quarter-final at Tottenham Hotspur onwards.

He added: "Since I've been away the guys have done okay, maybe not points-wise, but they've played some good games and been unlucky.

"That's the way the cookie crumbles, and hopefully we'll get better. Our problem since the season started has been putting the ball in the net.

"Hopefully the boys can get a win and get through in the cup too, as it would be great if we could get another win there."