West Ham United midfielder Gary O’Neil intends to make a quick recovery and return to action following a groin injury, in order to keep his place on Saturday against Reading.

With Guy Demel’s omission from the squad moments before last weekend’s Premier League defeat to Everton, O’Neil signaled to manager Sam Allardyce his availability despite picking up an injury in the build up to the game.

The player played through the pain to help the Hammers who are currently spread very thin in light of a significant injury crisis. However, O’Neil had to leave the pitch briefly after the second half kicked off, with the prospect of another name added to the injury-list ahead of a trip to the Madejski Stadium.

The Irons were also missing seven first-teamers during their recent match against West Bromwich Albion, leaving Big Sam with an uphill struggle to name seven subs against the Baggies.

As Mohamed Diame is ruled out with a long stretch on the sidelines due to a hamstring injury, Allardyce isn’t blessed with choice in central midfield.

O’Neil wants to begin training as swiftly as possible, before officially announcing his fitness ahead of Saturday’s game.

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