West Ham star Pedro Obiang has revealed he is raring to return to action this weekend after making a swift recovery from injury.
The Spaniard suffered a hamstring strain during the 0-0 draw with West Brom in mid-September and has been out of action since, however after returning to training Wednesday, Obiang is optimistic he can feature against Burnley at Turf Moor this weekend.
“The injury is progressing well,” he confirmed speaking on whufc.com. “On Wednesday, I came back to training with the squad so I will probably be ready to play this weekend.
“If we want to be positive, my injury happened at the right time because we had the break to take time and didn’t have to rush, because sometimes when you rush you can take another injury. So, we took time and now I’m close to being perfect.
“We had to work hard during the long week while the others were away, because they are playing and working hard and for us it is the same. When the others come back, you have to be ready to play.”
West Ham have a brilliant record against Sean Dyche’s side, having won all of their previous 5 encounters with the Clarets in all competitions.
The Hammers last clash with Burnley saw them emerge 1-2 victors thanks to goals thanks to goals from Andre Ayew and Sofiane Feghouli, and Obiang believes his side need another performance like that to topple the Clarets, who have had a strong start to the new season.
“We need to repeat the performance from the last game of last season, but I don’t want to talk about that game because it is irrelevant because this game is different.
“We have players coming back from injury and need to go there with the right mentality, fight and play the football we know how to play.”
It will be a tough game though, with Burnley sitting sixth in the Premier League table and unbeaten in their last five games.
West Ham are 9/4 for a victory on 888sport and three points could take them into the top half of the table.
The Hammers can take some hope from the fact that Burnley have actually been more successful away from home than at Turf Moor this term, earning eight points from their visits to Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Everton.
At home they have lost to West Brom, beaten Crystal Palace and drawn with Huddersfield Town, having only scored a lone goal in the process.