West Ham United have been boosted by the return of star playmaker Manuel Lanzini in recent weeks.
The Argentine suffered a serious knee injury in training with his national team before last summer’s World Cup in Russia.
Manuel Pellegrini has had to do without him ever since taking over the Hammers.
But Lanzini is slowly getting back to his brilliant best as Pellegrini gradually ramps up a phased comeback.
Manu’s phased comeback
That led to his first full 90 minutes since the injury when West Ham played Newcastle United last time out.
The ‘Little Jewell’ helped West Ham ease to a comfortable 2-0 win and was unfortunate not to get himself on the scoresheet.
After such a serious injury many had concerns over Lanzini’s future.
There were question marks over whether he could recover to play at the top level again.
And concerns he may have rushed his return and could risk a recurrence of the injury.
Star admits injury concerns
Now in an interview with the club’s official website Lanzini has admitted he too had those worries.
But he has allayed any fears over the knee complaint while reiterating West Ham’s aim to finish seventh this season.
“I am feeling good now, I am feeling happy,” Lanzini told whufc.com.
“It was a long injury, it was eight months and it was difficult at the time, but now I am feeling good and I am close to being 100 per cent, so I am happy about that.
Relief over ‘no swelling’ as Lanzini targets seventh
“The knee is strong. I don’t have any swelling which is good and, of course, I do feel nervous to play again as it has been a long time.
“The first 90 minutes (since my injury was against Newcastle) and I was nervous but now I am feeling happy.
“I think seventh place is possible, it is only four points between us.
“In the Premier League, anything is possible, and the ultimate is to finish in the seventh position.”