Pellegrini looking forward to midfielders' return

Manuel Pellegrini

West Ham United boss Manuel Pellegrini is looking forward to having more options at his disposal as the 2018/19 season draws to a close.

The manager has had to deal with a string of injuries to key players throughout the season, but has revealed that some of those long-term absentees could play some part before the campaign ends.

Carlos Sanchez and Jack Wilshere have resumed training with the first team squad following lengthy spells out with knee and ankle problems respectively, and although Saturday’s game against Leicester City might come too soon for the pair, Pellegrini is excited by the prospect of welcoming them back to action.

“Carlos will be ready to play a game before the end of the season,” the manager said. "He feels confident and without any fear of what happened with his knee. He is working 100%.

“Jack, too, feels confident. He is also working without thinking that he could be injured and is without any pain “

Meanwhile, Aaron Cresswell is facing a battle to be ready for Saturday's London Stadium clash after suffering a knee injury of his own, but Pellegrini is confident in Arthur Masuaku’s ability to step in once again.

“Aaron continues with some problem in his knee,” Pellegrini added, “We will see tomorrow. I think it will be difficult for him.

“For Arthur I think there were parts of games this season where he didn’t do badly, some he did better. There were some mistakes because he was not 100% used to that position, but I think he has all the options to do it well.”