From the Treatment Room

Head of Medical and Sports Science Stijn Vandenbroucke issues his latest update – with Spire Roding Hospital
Head of Medical and Sports Science Stijn Vandenbroucke issues his latest update – with Spire Roding Hospital...

We arrive in 2016 with the team in good form and with everyone around the Club feeling positive.

It is FA Cup third round weekend, an important and exciting weekend for football fans and all people involved in football.
It has been a good Christmas and a great New Year, winning against Southampton and Liverpool but unfortunately we picked up injuries. 

Finding the good balance between fitness and freshness is key to get through this exciting period.

We have a three-match week coming up and some players are more fatigued than others but at the end of the day all teams have to find a way to cope, play, recover and train to the best of their abilities.
The positive news starts with Winston Reid, Winston has been in full training with the squad all week and is available for selection against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.
Dimitri Payet came through the Liverpool game without any reaction to his previous ankle injury and is fit to play against Wolves.
Manuel Lanzini re-injured his quadriceps in the win over Liverpool, which will rule him out for several weeks.

The first game, post injury, is not the biggest risk for a player. The first game back players are involved for limited minutes, fresh and are playing on a wave of 'excitement'.

Unfortunately Manuel got injured in his second game and he will rest for a week followed by the rehab at Chadwell Heath. We'll have more news next week.
Victor Moses will return to full training with the squad on Monday. Victor returned to his parent club Chelsea for a part of his rehab before returning to West Ham last week.

He has been training with our rehab fitness coach and working towards getting the required level of fitness under his belt.
Diafra Sakho has also returned to the training ground this week after a period of limited rehab, to let the body heal.

Diaf’s rehab is initially focussed on gaining muscle strength and restoring the optimal movement patterns enabling us to push on the next few weeks.

We will have a better idea of when Diaf will be ready to play at the end of next week.
As I said at the beginning, we are positive about where we are at the moment, and will continue to work hard with the players and the staff to achieve good things this season.
Stijn Vandenbroucke
Head of Medical and Sports Science