From the Treatment Room

Head of Medical and Sports Science Stijn Vandenbroucke issues an update - in association with Spire Roding Hospital...

Hello everyone,

I would like to start this week by welcoming our three new signings, Alvaro Arbeloa, Simone Zaza and Edimilson Fernandes, to West Ham United.

Second, I would like to congratulate Adrian and Michail Antonio on their first senior international call-ups for Spain and England respectively.

Even though they were not involved in the matches, the experiences they had will have been great for them and we look forward to hearing all about them in the treatment room!

We have now had reports from all of our players who went away on international duty and I am pleased to tell you that we have not suffered any injuries, just a few bumps and bruises, and all our international players should be available for selection on Saturday against Watford.

Dimitri Payet and Havard Nordtveit both played for their countries, France and Norway respectively, in their opening World Cup qualifiers and will have benefited from the game-time after missing the Manchester City game.

They will all return – those above plus Darren Randolph, James Collins, Angelo Ogbonna, Reece Oxford, Cheikhou Kouyate and Gokhan Tore – to training with the squad on Thursday, when we shall all train together for the first time.

Sofiane Feghouli also remained with us as he completed his rehabilitation from a thigh injury and he has been in full training this week and will also be available to face Watford on Saturday.

We have four injured players at present – Andre Ayew, Aaron Cresswell, Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho.

Aaron is doing well with his rehabilitation. He has started running and works two times a day with physiotherapist Dom Rogan. Cressy will return to team training in October. 

Andre is also working hard in the morning and the evening, he is extremely motivated to play football as soon as possible. We have made great progress and he will get back stronger but the reality is that it will take time. 

With Andy and Diafra, both are making progress but it is too early to put a timeframe on their return to first-team action. I will have a better view on their return date next week. 

Stijn Vandenbroucke
Head of Medical and Sports Science