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West Ham United Defender Edging Closer Towards Return From Injury: Big Boost For Pellegrini?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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According to a recent report by Claret and Hugh, West Ham United centre-back Winston Reid is just a couple of weeks away from returning to Manuel Pellegrini’s squad. The same source has mentioned that the New Zealand international is close to reporting back for first-team action at the London Stadium but might have to play for the Hammers Under-23 side before he is allowed to feature at the senior level.

Reid’s Impressive Yet Injury-Ridden Career In English Football

The Auckland defensive ace suffered a knee injury which has kept him sidelined for several weeks. Pellegrini will welcome his return with open arms as the fixtures come thick and fast in the Premier League after the international break.

Since his move from FC Midtjylland in the summer of 2010, Reid has gone on to make 167 appearances in the English top-flight, scoring six goals while providing six assists so far. On the defensive end, the Kiwi has averaged 1.5 tackles, 2.1 interceptions and 7.8 clearances per game in the top tier of England (stats via whoscored).

Despite his impressive numbers, injuries have hampered Reid’s career at the East London club. The jury is still out on whether he can prove his fitness on the pitch in the coming years. The 31-year-old has also earned 24 international caps for New Zealand and has netted one goal for his nation in the process.

What Are The West Ham Defender’s Strengths and Weaknesses?

Reid is a physically dominant defender who can put in a solid shift at the back. He is a reliable presence inside his own half as he can make some vital interceptions for his side. However, his poor injury record remains a cause for concern.

Pellegrini would hope that the New Zealand international can remain fit for the rest of this campaign when he returns from his injury after the international break. The form of Fabian Balbuena has been excellent over the past few weeks. However, Issa Diop and Angelo Ogbonna have both struggled to find consistency with their performances wearing a West Ham shirt.

Reid’s Return: Big Boost For The Hammers?

Hence, Reid’s return from his latest injury setback will be a massive boost for Pellegrini and his team’s chances of having a successful season in the Premier League. He will not only add more depth to the Hammers backline but will also bring some calmness and experience to the field.

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