Winston Reid’s future with West Ham United is becoming more and more uncertain. The 31-year-old failed to register a single competitive appearance for the club last season due to injury and also was barely seen during pre-season.
He was expected to return to full training this week but is now only expected to make a return to competitive action once he recovers from a knee injury.
The New Zealand international has been out of West Ham action since March 2018 after he suffered a serious knee injury while playing against Swansea City.
Pellegrini maintains that the club are waiting for the player to be fit again.
“Winston Reid is working with the squad but we must be very careful, he was out for around one year nine months, so he can be fit but we must have special work for him.” he said as reported by Claret and Hugh.
The West Ham player’s future is a subject of speculation and if the current trend continues, it would make sense for them to offload him at the earliest opportunity.
The Hammers have had their bad luck with injury prone players throughout recent years and this has arguably cost them solid finishes on the top half of the standings.
It also does remain to be seen whether Reid will be the same player that he once was when he eventually returns from injury.
Furthermore, he will also not walk back into the West Ham starting XI given that Fabian Balbuena and Issa Diop have established themselves as key players under Pellegrini.
Reid is one of the best liked players among fans of the Hammers. He has been on the books of the East Londoners since 2010 after arriving from Midtjylland and is the club’s second longest-serving player, behind only West Ham captain Mark Noble.
Noble has gone on to make 222 appearances in all competitions for the Claret and Blue and scored ten goals.