Upson boost for Hammers
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
West Ham have been handed a boost with news of Matthew Upson's calf injury.
West Ham's bid to beat the drop has been handed a boost with news that Matthew Upson's calf injury is not as bad as first feared.
The 27-year-old central defender endured a debut to forget at the weekend when he lasted only 28 minutes of his side's defeat at Aston Villa on Saturday.
It had been expected that Upson, a high profile arrival in the January transfer window from Birmingham, could be facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines but scans have now confirmed that he has only suffered a small tear.
The club's head physiotherapist Steve Allen has confirmed that Upson is likely facing three weeks on the sidelines.
"Matthew underwent an MRI scan on Sunday that revealed a small tear in his gastrocnemius muscle, and the estimated recovery period is around three weeks," Allen told the club's official website.
"However, he has responded well to initial treatment and the injury is looking much better this morning, so we are hopeful that he might be back even sooner."
The Premiership strugglers have also confirmed that Lucas Neill is responding well to treatment on an ankle injury and Anton Ferdinand is back in full training this week.