West Ham are expected to be buoyed by the return of Javier Hernandez for their League Cup clash against Macclesfield on Wednesday after recovering from a bout of glandular fever, according to reports.
The Mexico international featured in each of the Hammers' opening five fixtures before being struck down by the illness which forced his absence from the club's last two Premier League matches.
According to BBC Sport, the 30-year-old is now in line to return to action at the London Stadium against the League Two cellar-dwellers, as Manuel Pellegrini’s side look to continue their improved run of form which saw their league losing streak broken with a win over Everton and a hard fought draw with Chelsea last time out.
Hernandez enjoys a prolific relationship with the League cup having scored six goals in seven starts in the competition, with his last coming against AFC Wimbledon in the second round, and his return will come as a boost to the club's hopes of securing their place in the fourth round.
Should see a 2nd string team tomorrow night. Give some of the fringe players and youngsters a good run out. Need the first team fresh for Man Ure at the weekend 👍🏼⚒— Tony Cox (@doc9739rgj) September 25, 2018
After returning to the fold Hernandez is also expected to be in line for selection for West Ham's league clash against his former club Manchester United.
Moreover, Lucas Perez, Carlos Sanchez, Aaron Cresswell and Adrian are all in line to make starting appearances after seeing their game time limited so far this season, while star attacker Marko Arnautovic is expected to sit out as the Hammers do not want to take any risks over his fitness.
Pellegrini, however, remains without long-term absentees Andy Carroll, Manuel Lanzini, Jack Wilshere and Winston Reid.