Filed: Friday, 9th March 2012
By: Staff Writer
Congolese defender Herita Ilunga could make his comeback at the Boleyn Ground tomorrow - for visitors Doncaster Rovers.
The out-of-contract former Hammer, who left the club my mutual consent back in January has been training with Leyton Orient in an attempt to keep fit.
However he is poised to sign a short-term deal with Doncaster that would enable him to feature for Rovers when they visit the Boleyn Ground tomorrow.
Donny boss Dean Saunders has revealed that he is close to re-signing the player who spent three months on loan at the Keepmoat Stadium earlier in the season. "Heís been training with Leyton Orient but heís not as fit as he was because he hasnít played for a month," he said.
"But weíve got a lot of important games coming up and with George Friend still injured, apart from young James Husband weíve got no cover. I donít want to play a right-back there, like I had to do on Tuesday when Tommy came off.
"Hopefully Tommy will be fit. But if he isnít then hopefully weíve got someone who can come in for him. Weíve got a lot of games coming up and I donít want to be under-strength. Iíll be sitting down with Ilunga and see if we can strike up a deal."
Ilunga initially joined West Ham on loan from Toulouse in September 2008 as a replacement for George McCartney, who was sold to Sunderland but has since returned to the club.
After impressing during his first few months in east London, the 30-year-old defender was offered a permanent contract in January 2009.
However Ilunga's form dipped dramatically after signing a four-year deal in the summer of 2009 and he was used sporadically thereafter before finally being dumped last January.
* Development squad striker Frank Nouble has completed a month-long loan move to Championship club Barnsley.
How the transfer window happened [1st Feb 2012]
So long, Herita [27th Jan 2012]
Ilunga returns - but for how long? [6th Jan 2012]
The barest bones [29th Dec 2011]
Ilunga: no confidence [7th Oct 2011]
Ilunga gone [4th Oct 2011]
Hendon laments late winner [20th Sep 2011]
A Bridge too far for Ilunga? [10th Sep 2011]
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