West Ham keeper Fabianski nearing injury return, says Pellegrini

(Reuters) - West Ham United goalkeepers Lukasz Fabianski and David Martin are recovering well from hip muscle injuries and both players could play a role over the festive period, manager Manuel Pellegrini said on Monday.

Soccer Football - Premier League - Watford v West Ham United - Vicarage Road, Watford, Britain - August 24, 2019 West Ham United's Lukasz Fabianski gestures Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

Fabianski tore his hip muscle in September and Martin sustained a similar injury in the 1-0 win at Southampton this month.

The club have had 12 days between games after the match against Liverpool was postponed and Pellegrini said he would assess their fitness ahead of Thursday’s match at Crystal Palace.

“Both of them are recovering, we will see in the next days who is able to play,” Pellegrini told a news conference.

“I don’t think either will be able to play both games in 48 hours, so we’ll see in the next couple of days who will be playing at Crystal Palace.

“Fabianski is working every day a little bit harder. If he is not ready for the 26th, then maybe the 28th or the 1st.”

West Ham host Leicester City on Saturday and Bournemouth four days later.

Pellegrini was also given a boost with midfielders Manuel Lanzini, who has been sidelined since November with a collar bone fracture, and Felipe Anderson back in contention but Jack Wilshere is yet to return to training.

“Lanzini has worked without any problems for around 10 days,” Pellegrini added. “It’s maybe more easy to return after a shoulder injury.

“Felipe has worked a complete week without problems after his illness. Jack Wilshere has had some problems with his groin so he hasn’t worked with the squad.”

Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru, editing by Ed Osmond