According to ExWHUemployee, West Ham are unhappy that Winston Reid has been called up by New Zealand, having not played a senior game for the Hammers since March 2018.
The 31-year-old has returned to action just recently, playing for West Ham’s under-23 side.
He is obviously a long way away from being 100 per cent fit, however. And with this in mind, it came as somewhat of a shock to see Reid called up by New Zealand for their upcoming games against the Republic of Ireland and Lithuania.
It could spell bad news for the centre-back, who is notoriously fragile when it comes to his fitness.
And when speaking on the West Ham Way podcast (Wednesday November 6th), well-informed club insider ExWHUemployee suggested that West Ham are not at all happy that Reid will be jetting off on international duty having only just returned from such a serious injury:
“Winston Reid’s back, he played for the academy the other day. The club are really annoyed because he’s been called up for New Zealand. He’s barely played for us for like 18 months and he’s been called up by them. The club are really annoyed but they can’t stop it.”
Bad news for Hammers…
Reid, who earns £70,000 per week according to Spotrac, is a top class defender, and West Ham have undoubtedly missed him. He has been out for so long, however, and Hammers fans shouldn’t expect too much of him when he returns.
One thing’s for certain, he could have done without being called up by New Zealand for the next round of international fixtures.
And Pellegrini will be praying that the 31-year-old doesn’t suffer yet another setback whilst on international duty.