West Ham striker Xande Silva is approaching his return to action after an injury lay-off, the player confirmed on Twitter.

Silva took to social media to post a three-word update on his injury situation. The Portugal youth international simply said: “Coming back soon”.

He also accompanied his tweet with an emoji showing two hands clasped together in prayer.

Xande Silva at West Ham

Xande Silva made his debut against Burnley. (Photo by Rob Newell – CameraSport via Getty Images)

It has been a frustrating season for Silva, who probably would have had much more game time if he did not suffer two injury setbacks.

Silva joined last summer from Vitoria Guimaraes and scored a hat-trick against Tottenham Hotspur on his under-23 debut.

After seven goals in six Premier League 2 matches, Silva was tipped for a first-team call-up. But the 21-year-old missed the chance to make his debut against Macclesfield Town due to injury.

Silva was finally given his against Burnley in the Premier League, before featuring against Birmingham City in the FA Cup.

 

The striker, who can also play out wide, then suffered another injury, keeping him out since early January.

But he is now set to return to action soon after posting his latest tweet to update the fans.

First-team opportunities this season?

Will Manuel Pellegrini give Xande Silva another chance in the first-team? (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images)

When Silva returns, he will have to fend off competition as West Ham have been boosted by several first-team players returning.

Marko Arnautovic, Andy Carroll, Javier Hernandez and Lucas Perez are all in contention for the starting striker spots.

And there is a lot of competition in attacking midfield too, especially with Samir Nasri and Manuel Lanzini returning.

But with West Ham out of the cups and unlikely to compete for seventh, Manuel Pellegrini might give Silva some chances towards the end of the season.

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