West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed that Manuel Lanzini is back in light training, whufc.com reports.

In an injury update ahead of this weekend’s FA Cup trip to AFC Wimbledon, Pellegrini confirmed that Lanzini took part in first-team training.

Lanzini has been out all season after suffering a serious knee injury just days before he was set to represent Argentina at the World Cup.

Initial fears were that the creative midfielder would miss the whole of the 2018/19 season but he has taken a step closer to his comeback.

Manuel Lanzini resumes light training

Manuel Lanzini’s rehabilitation is on course. (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images)

After suffering his knee injury, Lanzini saw a specialist in Barcelona before returning to Rush Green for the next step of his rehabilitation.

The 25-year-old is now in light training, although he is still some way off taking part in contact training again.

Pellegrini said (quotes from whufc.com): “About the injuries, we had the good news that Manu Lanzini started working with the squad. It’s just the warm-up, but he did his examination and his recovery is in the correct way.

“Of course he is still a few weeks away from playing. He is only working part of the warm-up with the squad, but the important thing is he feels good and his knee is in the correct way.”

Here are some things West Ham fans are saying about the prospect of the Argentina international’s return.


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