Winston Reid made it through his return to action unscathed on Wednesday evening, despite being substituted in the 64th minute, according to Claret & Hugh.
The 6’3″ colossus made his comeback for West Ham’s U23s yesterday, starting at the heart of defensive after 19 months on the sidelines.
And while he did not complete the full 90, it is understood that this was an intentional move, and that having suffered no fresh setbacks, he will continue to feature for the U23s in the near future.
This is brilliant news for West Ham and Reid. After such a horrendous absence, most supporters will have been hoping and praying that the defender was able to get through his comeback with minimum stress or complications. That looks to have been the case, and 64 minutes is a really good return for somebody who was sidelined for so long. The next step is obviously a return to the first team, but it would appear that the plan is to take things slowly and to exercise some caution with the 31-year-old. After being out for so long, it is obviously the sensible and right thing to do, and while you would hope that he can play a key role for the Hammers this season, it is way more important that he is 110% ready for the rigours of the Premier League when he is eventually called upon.