By Sean Fisher

26th Oct, 2022 | 5:40pm

Rush Green footage confirms return of West Ham United duo Nayef Aguerd and Lucas Paqueta

After lengthy spells on the sidelines, Nayef Aguerd and Lucas Paqueta have both returned to first-team training with West Ham.

Aguerd is yet to even feature for the Hammers this season after completing a £30million move from Rennes in the summer [BBC]. As for Paqueta, the Brazilian playmaker was settling in well to the first team and will be a welcome sight for David Moyes.

In what is bound to be a tough run of fixtures between now and the World Cup break, Moyes will be delighted to have more options available to him in his squad.

There’s no guarantee that Aguerd and Paqueta will be ready for either the Silkeborg or Manchester United matches, but they can’t be too far from returning after Roshane Thomas shared footage via Twitter of the pair returning to training.

“Open training session at Rush Green. Nayef Aguerd and Lucas Paqueta training with the main group” posted Thomas.

A major boost

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Things are starting to look up for West Ham. After a poor start to the season, the team is finally finding form and they have now broken into the top half of the Premier League table following Monday night’s win over Bournemouth.

On top of that, Aguerd and Paqueta returning to training is a very welcome sight. Moyes has finally settled on a back four with the same defensive line fielded against Liverpool and Bournemouth. However, Aguerd’s arrival will only add more quality and competition to the West Ham defence.

As for Paqueta, the 25-year-old was already wowing Hammers fans before his injury, and his ability to link the midfield to attack was a huge asset.

His creativity and technical ability has definitely been missed, so his return will hopefully add even more goals to the side.

Silkeborg on Thursday night probably comes slightly too soon for both players and Moyes likely won’t risk them, but they could pick up a few minutes against Manchester United on Sunday.

Following that, squad depth will definitely have to be used as West Ham face four games in the space of nine days before parting for the World Cup.