Fabian Balbuena made his long-awaited comeback from injury by featuring for West Ham’s under-23 team last night.

West Ham’s academy side faced Blackburn Rovers at Dagenham & Redbridge in last night’s Premier League 2 side and Balbuena started.

Balbuena at West Ham

Fabian Balbuena limped off against Watford in December. (Photo by Henry Browne/Getty Images)

The Paraguay international has been sidelined since before Christmas and the Hammers have missed him at the back.

Balbuena is a popular figure among West Ham fans as he formed a solid partnership at the back with young Frenchman Issa Diop.

The 27-year-old played 18 games and scored once – against Leicester City – as he kept Angelo Ogbonna out of the starting line-up.

After more than two months out of action, Balbuena returned to training recently and has stepped up his recovery with some game time last night.

How did Balbuena do?

Fabian Balbuena played 45 minutes for the under-23 side. (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images)

Balbuena started for the Hammers alongside Josh Pask, although his central defensive partner was forced off with injury shortly after kick-off.

The General played the first-half and was replaced by Kristijan Belic for the second period.

Balbuena could be back in time for the Cardiff City match, although Manuel Pellegrini might hold him back for one more match.

Here are what West Ham fans said about Balbuena’s return.

 

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