West Ham United will have Manuel Lanzini and Winston Reid available for selection when they visit Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday, manager David Moyes has confirmed.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference, the Scot was positive on the injury situation at the club after what many have described as a crisis over the past month or so.
“Lanzini is back training, he’s running around and hopefully that’s him fit for the rest of the season,” the former Everton boss is quoted as saying by the club’s official website.
“Reid is back and will be part of the squad too.”
Elsewhere, the only remaining absentees through injury are Andy Carroll, Edimilson Fernandes and Pedro Obiang, who could each miss the remainder of the campaign.
Arthur Masuaku is still serving a suspension for spitting at an opponent during the FA Cup tie with Wigan Athletic last month; he will also sit out the next two league matches against Swansea City and Burnley.
The news on Lanzini is undoubtedly a big boost for the squad ahead of the trip to Anfield and the Argentine has returned sooner than expected after twinging his hamstring against Bournemouth in January.
Initial projections were that he would be sidelined until March but Moyes will be delighted to have a player back ahead of schedule who has contributed three goals and eight assists in all competitions this term.
Reid, meanwhile, has played only twice since the turn of the year and will add vital experience to the defence if picked against an in-form Liverpool side.
One other man who certainly will not be involved is Jose Fonte, after the club confirmed on their official website that the centre-back had left to join Chinese outfit Dalian Yifang.
This is a huge test for the Hammers, particularly with the Reds coming off the back of a crushing 5-0 Champions League win over Porto in their last outing.
Whilst Moyes will look to the likes of Lanzini, Marko Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez to provide an attacking outlet, he knows that the priority is stopping the home team’s own lethal forward line.