West Ham’s Lukasz Fabianski could be in contention for Boxing Day return

Goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski is nearing full fitness and will be in contention for West Ham’s Boxing Day match against Crystal Palace, Manuel Pellegrini said. The manager added that fellow stopper David Martin, who suffered an identical hip injury against Southampton earlier this month, is additionally in line to return over the festive period. He also admitted that the beleaguered Roberto “didn’t have good performances” when deputising for Fabianski, but offered the Spaniard a lukewarm vote of confidence as he remains on standby for a return to the side.

Fabianski tore his hip muscle while taking a goal-kick during the 2-2 draw with Bournemouth on 22 September, and was replaced by Roberto, whose gaffe-prone run within the side could see him sold within the January transfer window. The 33-year-old’s form was so alarming that pressure has been heaped on Mario Husillos, the Argentinian director of football liable for bringing him to the club last summer. He was subsequently replaced within the side by Martin but may find himself back in action if neither of his rivals for the position are passed fit.

After West Ham’s Premier League match against Liverpool was postponed thanks to the ecu champions’ participation within the Club World Cup in Qatar, Pellegrini’s side have had 12 days between games. However they now have a run of three in seven days, with the Palace match followed by the visit of Leicester on Saturday and Bournemouth on New Year’s Day.

Speaking on Monday, the manager said he would assess both keepers’ fitness before the fixture at Selhurst Park: “Both of them are recovering, we’ll see within the next days who is in a position to play. I don’t think either are going to be ready to play both games in 48 hours, so we’ll see within the next few days who are going to be playing at Crystal Palace. Fabianski is functioning a day a touch bit harder. If he’s not ready for the 26th [Palace], then maybe the 28th [Leicester] or the first [Bournemouth].”

Pellegrini added: “Roberto didn’t have good performances when he played but I always say he features a career behind him, tons of experience. Maybe he was a touch unlucky but I still trust in him. The club has also been boosted by positive updates on midfielders Manuel Lanzini, who has been sidelined since November with a collarbone fracture, and Felipe Anderson. Pellegrini said: “Lanzini has worked with none problems for around 10 days. It’s maybe less difficult to return after a shoulder injury. Felipe has worked an entire week easily after his illness. Jack Wilshere has had some problems together with his groin so he hasn’t worked with the squad.” https://www.maxbetsbobet.org/ agen sbobet