Hammers double boost on missing stars


West Ham are becoming increasingly confident a return to action by two key players in December!

Both Lukasz Fabianski and Manu Lanzini were described to CandH this morning as keeping pace with each other in the race for fitness and could both beat a January deadline.

It won’t be by much, however, with a tentative Boxing Day squad return now the target for both the goalkeeper and midfielder.

That’s against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park when it would be hoped that Fabianski would be available for the starting line up.

Fab was known to be making very decent progress but it was great to hear that the Argentine midfield playmaker was also on course for an early return after dislocating his shoulder in the closing minutes against Burnley.

However, we were told this morningby a source via telephone: “He is making very good progress and they are almost shadowing each other in terms of recovery. We would hope to see them back on Boxing Day with a bit of luck

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • Tony Pezzolesi says:

    Any news on the mystery injury/illness to Jack Wilshere? Or are we just wrapping him in cotton wool in readiness to sell him to an MLS club in January?

  • Terry says:

    Whoever decided to give him a 3 year deal should resign immediately, absolute joke, after what Carroll put us through you’d think someone would learn….. cancel his contract in January

  • Saul says:

    Are we really that bothered when Lanzini is back? He hasn’t added anything to the team of note this season. If we managed to sell him for £40 plus in one of the next 2 windows i don’t think our team would be any worse off. Just too lightweight in his position for me and isn’t earning his corn. Have always liked his skills but feel like he’s another we are carrying right now (Anderson too)

  • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

    Fabianski was always quoted as mid December I thought Hugh ? So Boxing Day is there or thereabouts, if Fornals continues where he left off against Chelsea we won’t miss Manu so much, I think Fornals has the potential to be more valuable than the little Jewel if he can get his confidence COYI!!!

  • Claret says:

    I think you will find it was Pelle who insisted on a three year contract , after Sullivan suggested a one year deal. So what with his insistence on using Roberto the manager has a lot of errors to atone for

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