West Ham fans have taken to Twitter in jubilant fashion after it was revealed that Manuel Lanzini would be returning to training, following a seven-month injury lay off after suffering a knee injury with Argentina in the build up to the World Cup, as reported by the club’s official website.
The diminutive No.10 is one of, if not the most, important players at the London Stadium, and his creativity and ingenuity in the centre-attacking midfield role is a huge feature of the Hammers’ attacking play.
In the 2017/18 season, before his untimely knee injury, the 25-year-old hit five goals and recorded six assists in 23 Premier League starts (as per Whoscored), and has become a fans’ favourite since arriving on an initial loan deal from Al Jazira back in 2015 (as per the BBC).
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The east Londoners have since signed Felipe Anderson to provide some creativity in Lanzini’s absence, so when the pair of them are fit and available to take to the field together, the London Stadium will be undoubtedly drooling to watch them strut their stuff alongside each other.
Amongst all the doom and gloom of the Marko Arnautovic transfer saga that has dominated the club this month (as per Sky Sports), news of the Argentina international’s return has put smiles back on West Ham fans’ faces at least…
— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) January 24, 2019
Best player at the club. Biggest asset to the club. Biggest loss we’ve had to our squad for a long time.
— P (@vettedreasons) January 24, 2019
Its been too long ❤️⚒
— San Pellegrini ™ (@PellegriniFC) January 24, 2019
— Declan Taylor (@declant14) January 24, 2019
At last our diamond is back in training, hooray. It will be like a new signing.
— Olly Mark. (@Mark18056558) January 24, 2019
Great to hear he is back in training . No need to rush him back . Let’s hope he can be fully fit for pre season. Top six next season coyi
— ToneHammer (@tone_hammer) January 24, 2019
For me once 100% fit he walks straight back in the side. Certain games this season we’ve missed that spark in the centre of the pitch. Anderson, nasri and lanzini as the 3 behind the striker is naughty. https://t.co/A1x4gIMjyM
— ⚒ Adam ⚒ (@tekkers44whufc) January 24, 2019
Great to see Lanzini back in training
— Sheryl Bone (@sherylbone2) January 24, 2019
Manuel Lanzini should be back end of February/early March. He's finally back in training, albeit it's non-contact at the moment.
Our little Argentinian Jewel.
— Andy Barker (@pndafitnessblog) January 24, 2019