Manuel Lanzini has hinted his recovery from a hamstring injury is going well and he is itching to get back on the pitch having been ruled out of action with a hamstring injury.
The midfielder picked up the problem during the second half of the 1-1 draw with Bournemouth at the London Stadium and missed subsequent games against Wigan in the FA Cup and Crystal Palace in the Premier League.
The Argentine has really been hitting strides in the games before his injury, scoring twice as the Hammers thumped Hudersfield 4-1 in Yorkshire and had formed an excellent partnership with Marko Arnautovic, who also is currently out with a hamstring injury.
Arnautovic revealed his recovery is going ahead of schedule and Lanzini has appeared to drop a hint that his is as well on Instagram as West Ham’s injury-ravaged squad starts to get a bit healthier.
With the caption “magic hands”, it appears to show Lanzini’s hamstring being massaged and worked on as he targets a return to action. He is still expected to be out for the majority of February but there is always the hope – and he has it too – that the midfielder could return to action sooner.
His teammate Arnautovic said on Tuesday night that he is already back in training and could be back around a week sooner than expected – potentially for the home game with Watford.
The club-record signing said: “I feel good, the injury has improved a lot and I’m already outside starting to run and do my work. If it goes like that this week and next week, hopefully I’ll be back then.
“I’m trying everything to be back as quickly as possible because I want to help the team. I want to score some goals and win some games – that’s why I’m trying everything to be back as quickly as possible.”