Sanchez: I'm hoping to be in the squad this weekend

Carlos Sanchez in training


Carlos Sanchez is raring to go as he plots his return to first team action following a long-term knee injury.

Sanchez, a summer signing from Fiorentina, hasn’t featured since the Hammers’ 8-0 victory over Macclesfield Town in the FA Cup back in September. 

It has been a frustrating maiden season in the Premier League for the Colombian but, with three games of the campaign remaining, he hopes to play a part in the Irons’ run-in with games against Spurs, Southampton and Watford to come.

“It’s very good news,” he told “I’m fit for the last three games. I hope next week to be in the squad for the first time since a long time ago. I’m happy to be back.

“It’s really hard but it’s life in football. We play and we have a lot of things that happened to me. It’s like this. Now I’m back I’m really happy.

“Nine years ago I had the same injury so I have a little experience about it.”

Sanchez has tried to keep his spirits high and has been helped through this long spell on the sidelines by his teammates, something the midfielder has expressed his gratitude for. 

He hopes that he’ll be able to force his way into Manuel Pellegrini’s plans when the side travel to Tottenham’s new stadium in next Saturday’s London derby.

“We have to keep being happy because that happens,” he added. “Now I’m back all the people support me and the manager said that too. I’m really happy to hear that.

“It's a big game, a new stadium. I hope to be in the squad. I’m not sure but I’m going to work hard to have a chance to go to that game.”