West Ham defender Issa Diop returned to training on Tuesday ahead of the Hammers’ clash against Burnley, according to Claret and Hugh.
Diop was nowhere to be seen in the Irons squad that travelled to Stockport for Monday night’s FA Cup tie.
It was previously unknown why Diop was missing which led to speculation around the defender’s future at the London Stadium.
Claret and Hugh report that Diop has been feeling a ‘niggle’ in his leg and he wasn’t prepared to play against Stockport.
Diop was reportedly spotted in training on Tuesday however which suggests that he may feel that this injury problem may subside by the weekend.
The Hammers will play Burnley at the London Stadium this weekend as David Moyes’ side continue to push for a European finish in the Premier League.
Diop is unlikely to be involved after sitting on the bench for the club’s last four Premier League games but it will be a boost to have another defensive option available.
Injuries are more common this season due to the congested fixture schedule and an injury to one of the Hammers’ regular defensive unit could give Diop an opportunity to shine.
Those opportunities have been few and far between this season with the Frenchman only handed three league starts so far this term.
He was a regular starter in his first two seasons in England and if given the chance, he could return to those heights once again.
His talent and ability haven’t disappeared overnight and it seems to be more a case of Moyes not being a fan of Diop.
The defender needs a chance to prove Moyes wrong and hopefully, he gets it soon.
In other West Ham news, Ogbonna showed off his defensive might in the 1-0 win against Stockport on Monday.