Maxwel Cornet’s new ‘coming soon’ post has been followed by a hugely positive update from a West Ham reporter with board contacts.

It is fair to say there has been mixed news surrounding Cornet’s injury situation and fitness status in the last week.

On Monday night £17.5m summer signing Cornet, who has been out for over four months with a rare calf issue, posted a comeback message on Instagram stories.

Cornet said ‘very soon’ alongside a crossed Hammers emoji over a picture of him in the gym.

That came as a much-needed boost for West Ham fans amid the club’s glut of recent injuries as they battle for survival.

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At the weekend David Moyes did his best Harry Redknapp impression by admitting he was ‘down to the bare bones’ following injuries to Nayef Aguerd and Lucas Paqueta.

So news of Cornet’s imminent return to training was very welcome indeed, having been in France for rehabilitation work.

But on Valentine’s Day there was a claim West Ham fans would not have loved when Sean Whetstone said Cornet had picked up a virus as he continued his rehab in France.

Yesterday, though, Cornet posted a short video on his Instagram stories of him attending the medical centre where he has been doing his rehab in France along with the words “coming soon”.

Now Cornet’s new ‘coming soon’ post has been followed by a hugely positive update from a West Ham reporter with board contacts.

Claret and Hugh’s Hugh Southon claims a “key contact” at West Ham says Cornet will be back at Rush Green on Friday.

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“Max will be returning from France after receiving intensive treatment and we hope he will be fit enough to go into full training,” Claret and Hugh quote the contact as having told them.

“It’s a very rare injury so unfortunately there are no precise timings.”

Clearly the Spurs game on Sunday will come too soon for Cornet regardless. And Moyes has said he will need at least two weeks training on the grass with the team before he is likely to be involved.

So if he does return on Friday then perhaps the FA Cup match against Man United at Old Trafford on March 1 is a realistic comeback date for a place on the bench at least – all being well of course.


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