West Ham could bring Grady Diangana back to the club in January after Manuel Lanzini suffered a serious injury in their defeat to Burnley on Saturday.
The winger is currently starring on loan at West Brom in the Championship, with his four goals, four assists and strong performances playing a key role in Albion’s fantastic start to the season – which has seen them lead the way in the second-tier.
That prompted talk that the Londoners could recall Diangana in the New Year but boss Manuel Pellegrini stated last week that he thinks the player will benefit from remaining at The Hawthorns.
However, Lanzini is going to require surgery on a fractured collarbone picked up in the loss to Burnley and Claret and Hugh have reported that the Hammers will review Diangana’s loan again when the window opens.
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The Premier League side have a two-week window from January 1 to bring Diangana back.
Albion suffered in similar circumstances last season when Harvey Barnes was recalled by Leicester City which hindered the Baggies automatic promotion chances.
This is a worry for Albion because Lanzini plays in the attacking positions that Diangana does and it’s natural to think West Ham would recall him after what has happened.
Of course, a lot will depend on the severity of the injury and Pellegrini’s comments last week show that it isn’t a decision he will take lightly as he recognises how good Albion have been for the player.
Ultimately, time will tell and a lot can change very quickly in football but that injury to Lanzini is not what West Brom needed.
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