Getting ready for the Reds

West Ham United have been back in full training ahead of Saturday's significant encounter against Liverpool after a couple of days well-earned rest.

Those who featured in the 1-0 win at Stoke City were given Sunday and Monday off but all reported back for duty in good spirits. The squad has been further boosted by Kyel Reid and Jordan Spence, the homegrown Hammers who have concluded hugely successful loan spells at Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leyton Orient respectively. Savio has also been fully involved after spending the weekend at home with a virus.

One other player who has been hard at work at Chadwell Heath is Roma and Italy midfielder Alberto Aquilani. The 24-year-old's ankle injury is being treated by the club's highly-rated physios, with the knowledge of the Serie A outfit. Technical director Gianluca Nani said: "We are getting a lot of respect in Europe, not just for the way we play football but also the different parts of our organisation. It is a good endorsement for our medical staff."

James Collins has been running out on the pitches with the aim of hopefully building up to full training later this week after his calf problem while Dean Ashton (ankle) and Carlton Cole (groin) have also been working hard on their rehab programmes. It remains to be seen whether the latter will have a chance of facing Liverpool with the final two fixtures after that a more realistic target. Midfield duo Scott Parker (groin) and Kieron Dyer (hamstring) are also putting in the hours in a bid to regain fitness