Search

West Ham winger on road to recovery

14:07 29 August 2014

Matt Jarvis, West Ham United.

Matt Jarvis, West Ham United.

EMPICS Sport

But Hammers boss insists Valencia is still not match fit

West Ham United's Enner Valencia jumps clear of Sheffield United's goalkeeper Mark Howard during the Capital One Cup Second Round match at Upton Park, London.West Ham United's Enner Valencia jumps clear of Sheffield United's goalkeeper Mark Howard during the Capital One Cup Second Round match at Upton Park, London.

West Ham winger Matt Jarvis is looking to return to action after the international break after sitting out the season so far.

The 28-year-old former England man has been struggling with a thigh injury which has left him on the treatment table so far in this campaign, but manager Sam Allardyce confirmed he was on the way back.

“I would have though Matt will be with us to play some part after the international break,” confirmed the boss this week.

“He may not be able to play in the Hull City game, but certainly if he gets fit during the break and we can perhaps put on a couple of small games on behind closed doors for him to catch up and get some match practice, then we will be able to decide on whether he can come back into the squad.”

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)West Ham manager Sam Allardyce (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Another battling for match fitness is new striker Enner Valencia and the manager can’t believe that some people are criticising him for not bringing the Ecuador international into the fold sooner.

“This is the trouble with football,” said Allardyce.

“They ask me why is he not playing? Well, his first full game since the World Cup was Tuesday night.

“When we play out first game in pre-season the players play 45 minutes. We have had to play him for 120 minutes against Sheffield United because of circumstances which is something he got through exceptionally well considering we only wanted to leave him on for 60 minutes.

“But he has got a long way to go to catch his match fitness up. We give the players six weeks to get ready for a new season and then when a new player comes everyone expects him to be fit and ready to play in 10 days, it’s mind-boggling.

“I am patient enough to wait until he is 100 per cent fit and then hopefully he can really show what he is made of.”

The lack of competitive games for those coming back from injury, or for those on the fringes of the first team is something of a headache for Allardyce, who was left frustrated at their exit from the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night.

“It was a shame we got knocked out,” he said. “For Reece Burke, Dan Potts, Diego Poyet and certainly young Reece Oxford, who came in because we had no other centre half available, it would have been great development for them if we had got through.

“Leo Chambers, who is injured at the moment, would have played a big part and did last year when we got to the semi-final, so for me it is a great shame we are out.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ilford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ilford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ilford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Ilford Sports News

58 minutes ago
Lloyd James celebrates after scoring a penalty against Plymouth Argyle - it would turn out to be his last goal for Leyton Orient (pic: Simon O'Connor).

After breaking his leg in 2014 and missing three months of 2016, the 28-year-old feels back to his best again

14:30
Arfan Akram has been in excellent form for Wanstead this season (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Brentwood bow out after another loss to Colchester

13:30
Lee Goodwin (centre) with his former Dagenham & Redbridge team mates at the Luton Town match last season (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Ex-Dagger pleased to team up with former colleagues to help raise funds for charity

13:00
The 2016 cricket season is underway (pic: Jonathan Brady/PA)

Ardleigh Green held to a draw by Benfleet

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Win a BMW 1 series

There are fewer cars currently on the market more stylish and exciting than the BMW. Known all over the world as one of the best car manufacturers, the BMW is renowned for sleek designs and fantastic high quality workmanship.

Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe