Thursday 20 Apr
Updated Thursday 20 Apr 11:02
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Reidy return a boost for Bilic

 

  • Slaven Bilic confirmed Winston Reid has returned to training ahead of Saturday’s home fixture against Everton
  • The New Zealand defender has missed West Ham United’s last four Premier League matches with a groin problem
  • Andy Carroll, however, along with the suspended Sam Byram, will miss out against the Toffees

West Ham United defender Winston Reid is fit again and ready to return to action against Everton on Saturday, according to manager Slaven Bilic.

The New Zealand international has missed the Hammers’ last four Premier League matches due to a groin problem suffered during March’s Premier League clash against Leicester City.

But now back in training, the Club’s vice-skipper will be available for selection when the Toffees travel to London Stadium this weekend, Bilic confirmed.

He said: “Winston Reid is good. He is back from injury and it’s good for us, of course. He’s one of our most important players.

“We will see if he is going to start but he’s been training throughout this week and in his rehabilitation programme, of course he did some individual training.

“But he looks good, as I said. It’s a big boost for us.”

Saturday’s hosts will also, of course, be without Sam Byram, who picked up two yellow cards and subsequently a red against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light last week.

The full-back misses out through suspension, while Bilic also revealed Andy Carroll is ruled out at the weekend.

“From the game against Sunderland, we are without Sam Byram, who got a red card at the end of that game, and we are also without Andy Carroll,” the former defender continued.

“He will probably be fit for our next game, but for this game, no.”

Having missed last week’s north east clash through injury, Diafra Sakho will return to training on Thursday and the boss is due to access the forward’s fitness before making a decision upon his inclusion in Saturday’s squad.

“I have spoken about the thing with Diafra Sakho that was in the papers and all that already,” Bilic stated. “He was injured against Sunderland. There wasn’t a row or anything.

“I should know about that if there was because it involves me who spoke with him and everything! He was injured for that game.

“Diafra is supposed to train today, and we will see what condition he is in after.”