Central defender Fabian Balbuena has been declared fit for West Ham United’s Premier League clash with Cardiff City on Saturday afternoon.
Balbuena has been on the sidelines since picking up a knee injury during his team’s 2-0 home defeat to Watford on December 22.
The South American played 45 minutes for West Ham’s Under-23 side on Monday night, though, and has now been declared fit for the clash with Cardiff this weekend.
It remains to be seen whether the 27-year-old is thrown straight back into the starting XI, but he was impressive for Manuel Pellegrini’s side in the early stages of the campaign.
The defender actually played all but one of West Ham’s 18 Premier League games before picking up his injury, having settled effortlessly into the English game.
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The West Ham fans have been on social media offering their views on Balbuena’s return and a large number are delighted to have ‘The General’ available once again:
Injured players on the way back. Let’s have one final push and give it everything….
— chris dicker⚒️ (@hammerman41) March 7, 2019
Yes great to have the General back.
— We are those bastards in Claret & Blue (@Smackit0) March 7, 2019
Brings out the best in Diop. Great pairing. ?⚒️
— Sim ⚒W.H.U.⚒. (@BeckleySim) March 7, 2019
— Ⓟⓗⓘⓛⓘⓟ 父 Ⓦⓘⓛⓚⓘⓝⓢⓞⓝ 父 (@PW57WHU) March 7, 2019
There is a god!
— ??? ℍ????? (@hadleytom88) March 7, 2019
Good luck to him
— Alhaji Young Kpukumu (@KpukumuYoung) March 7, 2019
Team i would love to see fully fit and on form
Freds diop. Balbuena cress
Yarl. Lanzini. Nasri. Anderson
— LORD WEZ HAM (@FADEandDIE) March 7, 2019
Do agree tho, Ogbonna deserves his place, However Balbuena is the better of the two and I don’t think it be too long before he back partnering Diop, They were solid.
— ⚒⚒TonyCOYI⚒⚒ (@CoyiTony) March 7, 2019