Jack Wilshere is targeting a first-team comeback before the end of November, The Daily Mail reports.
And considering the current form of the team and injury woes, this is a timely boost.
Having Wilshere injured is bad enough. But he is out of the squad at a crunch time for West Ham with so many other players also injured.
Manuel Lanzini has not featured at all this season due to injury and Carlos Sanchez is also out for the long-term.
Moreover, Pedro Obiang missed two games recently, although he is back. But Mark Noble’s three-game suspension leaves West Ham light in central midfield.
By the time Wilshere returns, he should be competing with Declan Rice, Obiang and Noble for starting spots.
Can Wilshere improve West Ham?
West Ham were playing their best football this season when Manuel Pellegrini used his 4-3-3 formation.
Rice sits as a holding midfielder with Noble and Obiang just ahead of him.
But what both Noble and Obiang lack is that creative spark that a player like Wilshere can produce.
The ex-Arsenal man, when fully fit, has a delightful left foot and he possesses a range of passing, as well as the ability to carry the ball forward.
Wilshere could add some attacking menace to this midfield trio and a return to his best form would be a major boost for the Hammers.
With results not going their way at the moment, West Ham need a lift. And Wilshere’s return comes at a good time.
Hammers fans will be hoping to finally see the best of the 26-year-old.