Downing went south last summer specifically to link up again with his former Liverpool team-mate, only for West Ham's £15million record signing to miss the campaign with a foot injury.
"One of the reasons why I came here was to play with Andy," said Downing. "His strength is getting on the end of crosses and one of my strengths is crossing a ball.
"We look at it as a positive that he will hopefully be coming back in the next month. Then we have a hell of a player there and a target in the box to get on the end of crosses."
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