Manuel Lanzini has revealed he is close to returning to the first team fold following a hamstring injury.
The Argentina international, who today celebrates his 25th birthday, has missed West Ham’s last four matches with the problem but has stepped up his training as he moves ever nearer to fitness and he cannot wait to be back.
With five assists to his name this season he leads the way for the Hammers alongside Aaron Cresswell when it comes to creativity and he is looking forward to linking up with Marko Arnautovic, Chicharito and new boy Joao Mario in attack.
“I’m feeling good,” the No10 confirmed. “My injury is getting better every day and I’m expect to be back very soon.
“I’m training hard and I expect to go back with the team next week.
“It’s great that Marko is back now. He is a very good player and we need him.
“I’m also looking forward to playing with Joao Mario. He is an important player and together we have good qualities.