Filed: Tuesday, 18th April 2017
By: Staff Writer
Winston Reid has returned to training with the first team following a spell on the sidelines with a muscle injury.
The Kiwi defender, whose presence at the heart of West Ham's defence has been sorely missed in recent weeks is scheduled to return to action after coming through a week of intensive fitness training unscathed.
And manager Slaven Bilic admits he is delighted that Reid is ready to make a return. "Heís been training with the rehab and fitness coaches for a week now and they have done good work on his fitness," he told whufc.com. "He is back and trained with us on Tuesday.
"We know that he doesnít need many games to find his form, so itís big for us because heís one of our major players - one of the 'senators', as I call them.
"It's a big boost for us for the remainder of the season. He has been one of our best players this season, so we are expecting him to make our defence more solid."
News of Reid's imminent return is all the more important given West Ham's slightly-precarious Premier League position. And although the Hammers are nine points clear of 18th-place Swansea, Bilic feels that his team - currently on 37 points - needs to extend the gap further.
"I donít know if we have enough points to keep us safe," he added. "We have five games to play and I think that we still need points, because we donít want a situation where we are waiting for other results.
ďThe good thing is that we have a bit of a cushion and also we have motivation because we are three points below mid-table, letís put it like that."
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