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West Ham expect Reid back in "10-12 weeks"

West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce has rubbished claims Winston Reid will be out for the rest of the season.

Allardyce wrote in the London Evening Standard: "I've seen it suggested that Winston Reid could be out for the rest of the season following his ankle operation. That's rubbish.

"His recovery time is 10-12 weeks but can we reduce that? We've been particularly unfortunate this season because of the number of trauma injuries we've suffered. The question is always: could we have done more to prevent them? The answer - not a lot.

"What we can do, though, is excel at recovery. Our job is to try to nick a few days off everyone's recovery period. If the medical staff say 12 weeks, can we get them back in 11? If it is six, can they be ready to play after five and a half?

"That's what I need the medical and rehabilitation people to concentrate on. I don't care if they drag the player in at 11pm if that is what is needed."

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