Alex Song has been training with the first team since Sunday and is hopeful he will make a return to the West Ham bench for the game against Everton at the weekend.
The Hammers are very keen to see the midfield ace back in action as quickly as possible ahead of a summer decision on whether his loan deal is to be made permanent.
We were told this morning that it would be a “disappointment” if the player wasn’t on the bench as he has been training with the first team all week.
The question of who makes way of course has occupied fans’ minds for sometime and it begins to look as though that player will be captain Mark Noble.
Mark has been subbed during the last five games and looks the most vulnerable of those who may be forced to make way.
We were told: “On the face of it that looks how it’s likely to work out but it’s a brave man who would call Slaven’s team selection.
“It’s important Alex gets games as the club has to make a decision on whether he gets a permanent deal for next season and the sooner he is up to speed the better.”