Manuel Pellegrini recruited creative midfielders for West Ham this summer, but the absence of Manuel Lanzini is still being acutely felt.
The Argentine midfielder is a long-term absentee, but the club recently offered an update on his condition.
At the three month stage of his recovery, physio Richard Collinge and Lanzini’s consultant Dr Cugat are ‘very happy’ with the playmaker’s progress so far.
Lanzini is doing a variety of types of work; bed-based, mobilisation and balance work, in order to aid his recovery.
His attitude appears to be impressing the physios as well, which all bodes well ahead of his return. And, judging from the reaction of the fans to the video, they are keen to see him in Hammers colours again as soon as possible.
We’ve taken a look at the most enthusiastic reaction…
DR CUGAT is the main man lads, he'll be fixed up in no time.
— ¿ (@JSHlad) September 11, 2018
We need him so bad
— Sam (@_SamButler) September 11, 2018
— Fabian WHUFC 🇺🇸 (@WHUFC_USA_2008) September 11, 2018
As much as we miss you .. and we really do please don't rush things Manu your health comes first ⚒
— Mary (@ZaynafamilyMary) September 11, 2018
We miss him a lot more than we think. We don’t have that creative spark in the middle of the park that links midfield with attack. He will fill that gap perfectly
— Stelios Kyriacou (@Stelkyriacou) September 11, 2018
He walks straight back in to the team when fit for certain
— Andrew Wallis (@linkylionel) September 12, 2018
We miss him so much, so good seeing him back 💎
— Claret & Blue Army (@westham_gossip) September 11, 2018