West Ham Injuries Update
Today we should hear the fixtures for next season. Before that news from the Premier League however West Ham have released an update on the injuries at the club.
Craig Bellamy appears to be over his abdominal condition and has made two appearances for Wales. He is expected to commence training with the rest of the first-team squad in early July. Matthew Etherington and Calum Davenport are also reported to have fully recovered from injuries and will commence training with the rest of the squad.
Danny Gabbidon, who has not played since November with a stomach and pelvic problem, has been in Italy receiving alternative therapy including osteopathy and strengthening techniques to help his spine to articulate. It is hoped he could return to training during pre-season. James Collins, meanwhile, has again received a positive report from surgeons in his recovery from a cruciate knee ligament injury suffered in January and should feature in pre-season training. He could return early in the season.
Kieron Dyer is on course to start pre-season with the rest of his team-mates, as are Lee Bowyer and Matthew Upson after they continued to focus on their respective groin and calf problems after the end of the 2007/08 season.
Julien Faubert is also fully fit after his previous hamstring trouble. Nigel Quashie missed the entire 2007/08 campaign but is aiming to join in fully from the start of pre-season after extensive efforts to overcome his foot injury.
The bad news is that Jonathan Spector has had hip surgery after being diagnosed with torn cartilage and will be out for up to six months. As it stands, he looks set to be the only West Ham United first-team player who will definitely not take any part in the summer programme.