Sanchez back in contention

  • by Staff Writer
  • Wednesday, 24th April 2019

Forgotten man Carlos Sanchez says he is available for selection once again - following seven months on the sidelines.

The Colombian midfielder played just six times for the Hammers following his ?5million summer move from Fiorentina before sustaining medial ligament damage which has kept him out of action since September.

However according to the 33-year-old defensive midfielder, he is ready to ressurrect his West Ham career - hopefully starting at Tottenham this weekend.

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"It's good news, I'm fit for the last three games," he told the club's website. "I hope to be in the squad next week for the first time since a long time ago.

"I'm happy to be back. It's really hard but it's life in football. A lot of things have happened to me, but now I'm back I'm really happy. Nine years ago I had the same injury, so I have a little experience."

Sanchez joins a growing list of players to sustain long-term injuries this term but return prior to the end of the season.

Manuel Lanzini, Jack Wilshere and Fabian Balbuena have already recently returned to the fold, although Winston Reid and Andriy Yarmolenko will have to wait until next season before tasting first team football again.

All of which means that Manuel Pellegrini is close to having a full squad to select from once again - which hasn't been the case for the majority of the season, much to the manager's frustration.

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And in the meantime, Sanchez will wait with fingers crossed before learning whether or not he is back in Pellegrini's plans for this weekend's short trip to Tottenham.

"Now I'm back, all the people support me and the manager said that too," added Sanchez. "I'm really happy to hear that.

"It's a big game, a new stadium. I hope to be in the squad. I'm not sure but I'm going to work hard to have a chance to go to that game."

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