Monday, January 11

Did Lanzini return too soon?

Bad news is that Manuel Lanzini is out or another six weeks, following his tendon injury against Liverpool. He'll be a big loss and you do worry it might be a case of rushing a player back to action too soon. West Ham seem to have learned to be patient with the likes of Andy Carroll — we're seeing the benefit of his having a late 'pre-season' before returning — but we have to be carful with Dimitri Payet too. Perhaps we should give him a few more run-outs as sub before he returns to the starting line-up.

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