Hammers taking no chances on defender


West Ham medics are continuing to keep Winston Reid wrapped in cotton wool as the long serving central defender aims at a full recovery.

Were he more advanced the match against Newport County tomorrow evening (Tues) might well have represented an opportunity for the player to make an appearance.

But word is that whilst the player is making progress its unlikely that he will figure against the Irons’ Legue Two opponents in the Carabao Cup clash.

We were told on the ‘phone that the New Zealander is making progress and that whereas there had been swelling around his knee he has no been clear of that over the last couple of weeks or so.

It’s more likely that we will see 18 year old Portugal central defender Goncalo Cardoso in the squad as the Hammers start their Carabao Cup assault.

We were told: “Winston suffered a bad injury and will be given plenty of time to make a full recovery.”

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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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  • Hammerkip says:

    I don’t think they are telling us everything he played in pre season so how can that be right ..if he is having a recurrence of his old injury why not just say

  • Bucks Hammer says:

    Time to show Winston the door

  • Simon says:

    More mystery in the West Ham camp than the James Bond movies. Cresswell and Snoddy were missing on sat as well as Chicharitho. Now we told Hernandez was I’ll…? Really now. So what’s really up with Reid, and why are we paying for a person product which does not work? Did we not learn with Xmas Carrol. We could have released him, and got a decent, much needed centre-back. Now we struggle.

  • Clive smith says:

    He is never going to be fit time to move him on

  • Zahama says:

    I dont undertand how we complain about players showing a lack of loyalty and then make comments like “time to move him on” – it reminds me of some of the unkind remarks about Dean Ashton before we learnt that his injury was actually threatening him being able to walk

    Winston got injured throwing his face in front of a ball to make a block against Swansea – not by going out on an all night drinking binge

    I for one would love to see him back at some stage this season

  • Derek says:

    shocking comments from some of these Hugh, can you ban them ? He is still relatively young for a centre back and if he comes back properly he would be a better option than Ogbonna I think.

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