Chicharito: I'm close to returning

Chicharito is closing in on a return from a hamstring injury and would love to be involved when the Hammers travel to Manchester City on Sunday.

The Mexico international has been absent since suffering the injury on international duty at the start of November but could return to training with David Moyes’ squad this week.

Chicharito faced many battles against Sunday’s opponents during his Manchester United days and is keen to get back scoring as soon as possible.

“Hopefully I’m close to returning,” he said. “Hopefully this week I can get involved with the team, we’re going to see.

“With this type of injury you have to be careful because it is a hamstring and sometimes the best thing is that you [don’t rush] but I’m feeling very good, and we’ll see if I can get involved with the team this week.

“Of course I have memories of playing against Manchester City but that game is a at the end of the week. We have a midweek game against Everton away first and we need to think step-by-step. We will try to get the three points there.

“We’re coming up to the busiest time in the Premier League. Hopefully for us and the Hammers fans it will be a good moment.”