West Ham United boss Manuel Pellegrini this afternoon confirmed that long-term injury absentee Lukasz Fabianski could mark his return to the pitch on Thursday, versus Crystal Palace.
Crystal Palace vs West Ham
The Hammers are set to visit their capital rivals in three days’ time, for a Premier League clash.
West Ham will head into proceedings with two weeks’ rest behind them, after their scheduled meeting with Liverpool at the weekend was postponed, due to the Reds’ Club World Cup commitments.
The Londoners did pick up a crucial morale-boosting 3 points in their last league outing, though.
A 1-0 victory over fellow relegation-battlers Southampton saw Manuel Pellegrini’s men put a run of just one win in 11 across all competitions firmly behind them.
As such, ahead of their trip to Selhurst Park, West Ham sit 16th in the Premier League table, 4 points clear of the drop zone.
And the Irons’ hopes of putting further distance between themselves and 18th-placed Aston Villa have today been dealt a boost.
As confirmed by Manuel Pellegrini, star goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, who has not featured for the club since picking up a hip injury in September, is closing on a return to the pitch:
‘Lukasz is looking well. He’s working a little bit harder every day.’
The West Ham boss went on to add that the Pole could even feature versus Palace.
Fellow shot-stopper David Martin, meanwhile, who picked up a hip problem of his own against Southampton last time out, is also well on the road to recovery:
‘Both of them are recovering. We will see in the next day what happens and which of them is able to play. I don’t think Lukasz or David are able to play two games in 48 hours because they have had some muscle problems.’
‘We will see tomorrow and Wednesday which one will be able to start the first game.’
‘The chances are all – both can be missing, both can be [available to be] playing. We will see in the next two days. It will be very important to have the medical decision, the players’ decision and of course my decision.’
“He’s looking well. He’s working a little bit harder every day.”
— West Ham United (@WestHam) December 23, 2019