West Ham United are now hopeful that Lukasz Fabianski could return for the Boxing Day clash with Crystal Palace having previously expected the goalkeeper to be until 2020, according to a report from The Telegraph.
The Hammers have missed Fabianski massively since his last appearance back in September. Roberto has been at fault for a number of goals, with the Irons conceding nine in their last three fixtures.
The Telegraph reports that Fabianski had been expected to return in January due to a hip injury. But the club are now holding out hope that he could play at Selhurst Park.
West Ham fans would be forgiven for wondering whether Roberto’s form has proved to be the catalyst for the timescale change.
The Telegraph notes that the summer signing is likely to be moved on in January. And it is also suggested that he could be dropped this weekend for David Martin.
Having Fabianski back would be a huge boost. He has been an outstanding signing for the Hammers. And his importance to the side has only been fully highlighted because of his absence.
Unfortunately for West Ham, it is not going to get any easier over the next couple of weeks. Chelsea, Wolves and Arsenal lie ahead.
And the final game before Fabianski’s potential return could be huge for the club and Manuel Pellegrini, with West Ham travelling to struggling Southampton.