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Lanzini encouraged by improving fitness

28th February 2019, 16:21 by Jack Ogalbe

Manuel Lanzini believes he is closing in on full fitness after playing the second half of West Ham's 1-0 defeat at Manchester City.

The Argentine only made his first appearance of the season on Friday in the 3-1 win over Fulham, having been working his way back from a long-term knee injury suffered on the eve of last summer's World Cup.

Following his 14 minutes against the Cottagers, Manuel Pellegrini saw fit to introduce the 26-year-old at the interval on Wednesday and he looked sharp, setting up his side's best chance of the game for Andy Carroll.

When quizzed afterwards, Lanzini admitted to feeling upbeat about his fitness and, with Newcastle visiting the London Stadium on Saturday, says he could be ready to start the game.

"I am feeling good, I'm feeling strong, I'm happy to be back and feeling strong," he told the club's 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."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Jack Ogalbe has been working for the team since his student days, having enjoyed a successful placement. He is an avid West Ham fan but also enjoys writing on rugby union, golf, tennis and cycling.

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