West Ham’s Winston Reid has been hit by yet another injury setback, according to a report which was published by Football Insider.
The New Zealand international has not played a competitive game for the Hammers since March 2018 after he suffered a serious knee injury which required surgery.
The 31-year-old was expected to make his comeback for the West Ham U-23 side during their game against Cheltenham Town on Tuesday.
However, he has picked up a fresh knock and is experiencing back and knee pain.
The report added that West Ham medical staff do not want to play him anytime soon as they feel that it could lead to an even more serious injury.
West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini recently stated that Reid was set to embark on a comeback journey and would be eased back into first-team action.
Reid is currently the Hammers second longest-serving player behind only Mark Noble. He joined the club back in 2010 from FC Midtylland for a fee of around £4 million.
He has gone on to make 194 League appearances for the club, scoring nine goals. He was elected as Hammer of the year in 2013.
Judging by the current status of Reid’s career as well as his age, his West Ham future could now be in doubt. Pellegrini’s first-choice defensive pairing so far this season has been Issa Diop and Angelo Ogbonna with Fabian Balbuena providing competition and cover to the duo.
It would be best for the Hammers to allow the 24 times capped New Zealand international player to leave with dignity if he cannot perform well anymore.