Winston Reid’s West Ham career has been “plunged into fresh doubt” after the defender suffered a setback in his recovery from long-term injury, according to Football Insider.
The reliable news outlet claims that Reid, 31, was meant to have been selected as an over-age player for West Ham’s Under-21s as they took on Cheltenham in the EFL Trophy on Tuesday night.
However it is understood that the 24-times New Zealand international has now been suffering with fresh back and knee pain which has put his return fitness on hold.
Reid has not played since March 2018 and it would seem as though it is going to be a while longer before West Ham fans are able to see the centre-back in action for their side. It is a massive shame because not only was Reid loved by supporters, he was also a superb centre-back in the Premier League and one that might not ever be able to get back to that level having spent a year and a half on the sidelines with injury issues. Reid still has plenty of time remaining on his contract that expires in 2023 but it remains to be seen what the long-term plan will be for him once he is back playing. It is hard to see him returning to Manuel Pellegrini’s set-up and being high enough up the pecking order to get regular game-time. Angelo Ogbonna and Issa Diop are the two starters at the moment while Fabian Balbuena is back-up and Goncalo Cardoso is also waiting in the wings for his call-up to the first-team squad.