Winston Reid could be set to return to action by playing for West Ham United’s U23 side on Monday, according to a report which was published by The Evening Standard. 

The 31-year-old Hammers stalwart has been on the sidelines for more than 18 months.

Reid has not had an extended run in the West Ham side since the close of the 2017/18 season after he suffered a freak injury against Swansea City, which caused him to become unconscious.

After briefly returning to Hammers training last summer, the New Zealander had a relapse of his injury and was eventually ruled out of last season for its entirety.

The West Ham veteran did manage to feature for the club during pre-season but the club has been very cautious about using him in the first-team so far this season.

Reid was hoping to make an appearance for the club’s U23 side during their game against Cheltenham Town earlier on this month but the comeback was eventually delayed.

West Ham started the season in good form.

However, they are currently in a spot of bother after having suffered consecutive Premier League defeats against Crystal Palace and Everton.

The losses will be particularly frustrating as they came against two teams what West Ham will feel that they are capable of beating.

Manuel Pellegrini’s Hammers side will need to rectify things soon if they want to achieve their aim of attaining a strong finish on the top half of the standings this season.

As a very experienced player, West Ham fans favourite Reid could have an important role to play both on and off the field as the season progresses.