Team news: Lanzini back in contention for Bournemouth
Manuel Lanzini has returned to West Ham United training and could feature in this weekend’s Premier League match against AFC Bournemouth, according to manager Manuel Pellegrini.
Lanzini has enjoyed a fantastic start to the 2019/20 campaign with the Irons but missed the team’s last two matches, last Sunday’s win over Manchester United and the midweek Carabao Cup defeat to Oxford.
The Argentinian has returned to training with his West Ham teammates this week and could be involved when the side travel to take on Eddie Howe’s Cherries tomorrow.
Only Michail Antonio, who continues his recovery after surgery, and Winston Reid remain unavailable for West Ham.
Manuel Lanzini has no pain in his feet. He doesn't have any problems. He's in the squad list.
"Manuel returned to work with the team over the last two or three days,” Pellegrini confirmed. “He has no pain in his feet. He doesn't have any problems. He's in the squad list.
“About injuries, we continue working without Michail Antonio because he is recovering from surgery. Winston Reid obviously continues recovering from a problem that he has. The rest of the players are okay.”
Pablo Fornals started the last two matches for West Ham, with Lanzini unavailable, and Pellegrini has hailed the efforts of the Spaniard and fellow summer signing Sebastien Haller.
The manager believes both will continue to get even better for the Hammers as the season develops and they adapt even further to the rigours of the Premier League.
Pellegrini added: “I think Sebastien has had a good impact here in the Premier League. He’s a player that works a lot for the team also and is scoring goals. His performances are good, and I hope he will continue to improve.
“With Pablo, it’s the same as Sebastien, Albian Ajeti, and the new players to the league. They need time to know the way they can play here.
“I think that, with all of the players that we brought here, we are happy with their performances. Of course, in every game that they play they must be improving or sustaining their performance.”