West Ham midfielder Carlos Sanchez has made his long-awaited comeback from injury as he took to the training field.
Sanchez was pictured training with his West Ham team-mates after nearly seven months out injured.
Back in September, the Colombian midfielder was forced off in the first half of the 8-0 win over Macclesfield Town in the EFL Cup.
It was just his sixth West Ham game but he was forced to undergo surgery on his knee, which has kept him out ever since.
But the 33-year-old is now back in training and tweeted to share his relief. He said: “Happy to be back after my knee injury”.
What does the future hold for Carlos Sanchez?
Despite his return to training, Sanchez could still struggle to play a part this season. There are only five games left and he is unlikely to be needed or risked.
West Ham are floating in mid-table and safe; there is no need to rush Sanchez back unless there is an injury crisis in midfield.
But looking ahead to next season, Sanchez has a point to prove. The veteran midfielder will be entering the final year of his contract and he turns 34 next season.
Many West Ham fans have doubts over whether he is the answer to the defensive midfield problem. So Sanchez’s goal will be to prove doubters wrong and save his West Ham career.