West Ham United's players will travel to Malaga for a four-day warm weather training camp in the hope of speeding up the recovery for several key players.
Manuel Pellegrini is taking advantage of a 12-day break between matches to take his players away from the cold of England to sunny Spain as Manuel Lanzini, Samir Nasri and Marko Arnautovic all look to return from injury by the time they face Fulham next Friday.
As reported in the Evening Standard, Pellegrini explained:
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"I said after we lost at Wimbledon that we wanted to continue in the FA Cup, that was our intention but we couldn’t do it.
"But in another way I think it is good for some players that are playing too many games from the beginning of the season - we continue with eight players injured - so I think that this stop next weekend will be very useful for us."
"We hope that Manu Lanzini will be ready for Fulham, at least for the bench." - Manuel Pellegrini— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) February 7, 2019
Fabian Balbuena has also been on the sidelines with a knee injury since December but the defender is nearing a comeback and Hammers fans will hope the training camp will end with Nasri and Arnautovic back to full fitness.
Without a win since beating Arsenal on December 12, Pellegrini could do with a clean injury bill sooner rather than later.