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West Ham give update on left-back situation

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West Ham United’s Head of Medical and Sports Science Stijn Vandenbroucke has given an update on the club’s maligned left-back injury situation.

Aaron Cresswell picked up a debilitating injury in pre-season that has kept him out of the first part of the new campaign, with lengthy rehabilitation process for the former Ipswich Town man.

Arthur Masuaku was signed from Olympiakos in a £6 million summer deal as cover for the first-choice defender, but the Frenchman has also picked up a serious-looking knock that will keep him away from the action.

This means that Slaven Bilic has some tough select decisions to make in the short-term, with the London club crying out for a number of players to return to the fold after injuries.

Vandenbroucke has stated that Cresswell is making excellent progress and will be back training with the first-team next week, but that Masuaku faces time on the sidelines.

“Aaron trained very well with the Under-23s on Wednesday,” the medical man told the club’s official website.

“The Academy kindly put on a very hard session, which Aaron took part in under the supervision of Eamon Swift, our rehab-fitness coach. He will take part in another training session with the Under-23s on Friday and join the first team next week.

“Arthur unfortunately was injured in the EFL Cup tie with Accrington Stanley, suffering a medial ligament injury in his left knee.

“He is now wearing a brace, which he will be in for the next two weeks before being reassessed and taking the next stage in his rehab. We started exercises with him at Rush Green on Wednesday.”

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