Date: 12th September 2019 at 8:00pm
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Winston Reid is “stepping up” his comeback from injury, according to reliable source ExWHUemployee. 

The £70,000-a-week ace [Spotrac] has not played a competitive game for the Hammers since March 2018, but it is understood that he is nearing a return to action.

Speaking on the West Ham Way podcast, he said: “Winston Reid, during the international break, has been stepping up his comeback and seems to be doing reasonably well.

“He’s hoping to be pushing for a first team place eventually.”

OPINION

Reid has been out for so long that it’s almost impossible to imagine him featuring regularly for the Hammers ever again. Certainly, the prospect of him walking back into the side ahead of the likes of Issa Diop or Angelo Ogbonna seems slim, but given enough time, he will be hoping that he can force his way back into Manuel Pellegrini’s plans. After all, there is a reason that he was so highly rated prior to his knee injury, and that he was handed such a lucrative deal until 2023. During his last uninterrupted season, back in 2016/17, Reid was averaging 1.1 tackles, 2.7 interceptions, and a massive 8.1 clearances per match, as per Whoscored. On his day, he was a fine defender – the only question now is if he can ever reach those kind of heights again. At this stage, it is incredibly difficult to tell. All he can do is get himself right and stake his claim.