West Ham United goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski is expected to return to first team action against Crystal Palace on Boxing Day, according to Claret & Hugh.
The reliable Hammers news source claims that the Poland international is back in light training and that a mid-December return is a realistic possibility.
However, he probably won’t play any sooner than the clash with Southampton on December 14, with the Palace game thought to be a more realistic possibility.
The 34-year-old is making better progress than expected in his recovery from the injury he suffered against Bournemouth in September.
This is the news that all West Ham fans have been absolutely desperate to hear. The team NEEDS Fabianski back, that is no exaggeration. It’s no coincidence that the Hammers have failed to win since the former Swansea City man got injured. There’s arguably no more important goalkeeper in the Premier League than Fabianski, and that’s what we have seen recently. Roberto has been an absolute car crash filling in for the Pole. People are openly wondering whether there has ever been a top flight ‘keeper worse than the Spaniard. It’s clear that continuing to play the 33-year-old for any substantial period of time is completely untenable, certainly if Manuel Pellegrini wants to keep his job. The Chilean will just be hoping that he can limp on through to Boxing Day, when perhaps Fabianski’s return will be enough to somehow keep him employed in east London. That seems like a long shot right now, though.