Boa back for reserves

Luis Boa Morte continued his comeback on Tuesday night with a 45-minute run-out for West Ham United's reserves away to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Having been back in full training for at least a fortnight, the Portugal midfielder played the first half of the 4-1 defeat at Wolves in a match played at the home of Telford United. It was a planned substitution with the club's medical staff satisfied with how he came through what was a competitive encounter.


Boa Morte had not played since a serious knee injury - including anterior cruciate ligament damage - in the Barclays Asia Trophy meeting with Tottenham Hotspur in Beijing, China, on 29 July last year. It remains to be seen whether the 32-year-old will return to first-team action this season.

Playing in a central midfield role, Boa Morte was a lively presence in the match. He was involved in the Hammers goal, a first at this level for young Spanish centre-back Sergio Sanchez. Wolves had much more experience overall than their visitors and ultimately proved too strong, the goals coming from Sam Vokes, Stephen Ward, Greg Halford and Richard Stearman.