Although it has been a woeful start to the season for West Ham, Manuel Pellegrini finally has some good news.
Football London are reporting that DR Congo international Arthur Masuaku has returned to full training.
Ahead of their trip to Goodison Park, the former Manchester City boss will be boosted by having more defensive options.
Zoom in on Pellegrini’s right shoulder and you’ll see Arthur Masuaku back in training. pic.twitter.com/bnOzeM1jHS
— Sam Inkersole (@Sam_InkersoleTM) September 11, 2018
Arthur Masuaku’s return to fitness
Although Masuaku had earned his first call-up to DR Congo’s side, the left-back was forced to miss West Ham’s defeat to Wolves.
Picking up an unspecified muscle injury, the Hammers were unsure on when the 24-year-old would be available for selection.
However, Masuaku returned to training at Chadwell Heath on Tuesday, appearing to make a full recovery.
The buccaneering full-back played the opening three games of the season for West Ham and featured heavily in pre-season.
Appearing to be Pellegrini’s first choice left-back, the former Lille man will have his sights set on making his international debut.
Masuaku, who played for France at youth levels, has been called up twice before but is yet to play for the Leopards.
Everton vs West Ham
Desperate to pick up their first point of the new season, West Ham will travel to Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon.
Famously a ground that has offered them little success, the Hammers lost the last meeting between the two sides 4-0.
With Everton now scoring six goals in their last three matches on Merseyside, a now fully-fit Masuaku could be a huge plus.
Especially as West Ham have now shipped 10 in their opening four games.
They currently hold the worst defensive record in the Premier League entering September.
In their 1-0 loss to Wolves before the international break, deputy left-back Aaron Creswell was heavily exposed by Adama Traoré.
With Masuaku gaining a reputation for his dribbling ability, he could also offer West Ham some creativity in the final third.
The Hammers have now found the net just twice and forward Marko Arnautovic looks increasingly frustrated.