West Ham are hoping to see Winston Reid back in training within the next week.
The central defender has been missing for most of pre-season sparking conspiracy theories that he he has broken down again and is suffering new problems following his knee surgery.
The 30 year old defender having missed the entire season is still on a training programme away from the main squad as he looks to make a full recovery.
But such was the seriousness of his injury, the medical staff are being ultra careful with him and refusing to rush him back into action.
However, he is now approaching the point where they are prepared to release him into full training where the acid test on how far he is advanced will take place.
And a senior source – discussing the Kiwi’s progress – said: “It’s been a long haul for Winston and we are hopeful he returns to full training within a week.”