English Premiership

Lanzini, Sakho closing in on return

Diafra Sakho (AFP)
Diafra Sakho (AFP)

Cape Town - Long-term injury absentees Manuel Lanzini and Diafra Sakho are closing in on a return to action for West Ham United, the Premier League club said on Thursday.

Currently sixth in the league table, the club, however, will miss Cheikhou Kouyate in Saturday's game against Norwich City, while Winston Reid and Joey O'Brien are doubtful.

Midfielder Lanzini, who injured his thigh against Liverpool in early January, is "only a few days away" from a return to full training after missing West Ham's last five Premier League games, the club said on its website.

Striker Sakho, who has been sidelined since the end of November with a thigh muscle strain, will return to first-team training later this month.

Defenders Reid and O'Brien picked up hamstring injuries in West Ham's dramatic 2-1 FA Cup win over Liverpool on Tuesday, while James Tomkins is out for six weeks with a calf injury he sustained against Southampton at the weekend.

Kouyate suffered a mild concussion during the Liverpool game that will keep him out of action for at least six days, in accordance with Football Association guidelines.

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