West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini has said that he is feeling ‘close to 100 per cent’ fit after making his long-awaited return to action following a serious knee injury.
The Argentine was expected to miss the entire season thanks to an injury to his ACL, but returned to action ahead of schedule for West Ham last Friday with a 15 minute cameo in the 3-1 win over struggling Fulham, before playing for 45 minutes against Man City on Wednesday.
However, despite his lengthy spell on the sidelines, the 26-year-old has said that he is feeling ‘strong’ and revealed that he has not experienced any reaction to his knee.
“I am feeling good, I’m feeling strong, I’m happy to be back and feeling strong,” he told the official West Ham website.
“It’s amazing to be back on the pitch and I am feeling like a player again and that is good!
“It was a very good recovery with two special guys and the recovery was long but good. For now, I feel I am getting stronger.
“It’s very close to 100 per cent because now this was my second game and I played 45 minutes. I finished the game and I feel very good and not tired. The knee is not swelling which is fantastic news and I feel I am near to 100 per cent.”
His return to action is the first time he has played under Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini, who took over at the London Stadium in the summer, and Lanzini is looking forward to playing under the Chilean.
“Manuel is a very good coach and he was in very good teams, in amazing teams, and he likes players who play the ball and we have these players,” he added.
“We need to stay together and to understand all together, that’s it.”