West Ham defender Winston Reid is not expected to feature at all in the 2018/19 season, Football.London journalist Sam Inkersole has revealed.
Reid suffered a serious long-term injury back in March 2018 and is nearing 12 months on the sidelines.
At the start of this season, West Ham knew that Reid would be ruled out for the vast majority of the 2018/19 campaign.
But it now looks like the New Zealand international will have to wait until next season to return to first-team action.
Inkersole has revealed via Twitter that Manuel Pellegrini expects his towering centre-half to return to light training by the end of February or early March.
But Reid’s chances of playing any games in the current campaign are slim as he continues his road to recovery.
Winston Reid at West Ham
This is a major shame as Reid has been a loyal and dedicated servant to West Ham over the years. The 30-year-old joined the Hammers in 2010 and has played 222 competitive games for the club.
The popular defender will also be remembered for scoring the last ever goal at Upton Park – a headed winner in a 3-2 win over Manchester United.
But Reid has been dogged with various injury concerns over the past few years and it is unlikely that he will ever get back to his best.
Here are some things West Ham fans are saying about Reid’s injury update.
Injured Reid is better than ogbonna.
— forbes ⚒🦉 (@ChampagneForbes) February 3, 2019
The club are concerned he may not play again. At all. Certainly not at the top level. His size has made his recovery massively harder.
— Jack Allum (@westham009) February 3, 2019
I’m convinced he’s died or been kidnapped.
— Steve ⚒🥊 (@SrHack123) February 4, 2019
Winston for some time was one of our best players in the new stadium. He's been a great servant, a shame if the end of his career happens like this.
— West Ham Pub Talk (@WHUFCpubtalk) February 4, 2019
Should sell him in the summer.
— ⚒ Oscar Wartiainen ⚒ (@OscarVartiainen) February 4, 2019
Great player on his day Winnie.
— John Lally (@JohnLal86453788) February 4, 2019
Hopefully he won't play for us again. Been an amazing servant but his playing days are over and we just waste his wages while he is on the doctors table.
— Ed Ayling (@thatboied) February 4, 2019
I don’t think we will see him again if I’m honest
— Bry ⚒ (@bryrev79) February 4, 2019