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
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.
Best player at the club. Biggest asset to the club. Biggest loss we've had to our squad for a long time.
— P (@vettedreasons) January 24, 2019
Its been too long ❤️⚒
— San Pellegrini ™ (@PellegriniFC) January 24, 2019
— Declan Taylor (@declant14) January 24, 2019
About time.. hurry up..😀
— ken oldfield (@KJO59) January 24, 2019
Great to hear he is back in training . No need to rush him back . Let's hope he can be fully fit for pre season. Top six next season coyi
— ToneHammer (@tone_hammer) January 24, 2019
At last our diamond is back in training, hooray. It will be like a new signing.
— Olly Mark. (@Mark18056558) January 24, 2019
Great to see Lanzini back in training
— Sheryl Bone (@sherylbone2) January 24, 2019
Lanzini for me is still West Hams best player. I cannot wait to get him back and see how he plays with Anderson and Nasri and Arnie (if he isn't sulking)
— FPL Stalker (@fplstalker) January 24, 2019