West Ham have been handed a major boost in their suffering striker scenario, with Diafra Sakho expected back to full fitness during the next couple of weeks and which could see him feature against Sunderland in the Premier League.
The Senegalese international has missed most of the season after handing in a transfer request in the summer, and the club was willing to let him go after accepting a bid from West Bromwich, but Sakho then failed a medical at the Hawthorns.
However, after talks with manager Slaven Bilic, he returned to the first team setup and scored against Manchester United in the Premier League which made him the first striker to score for the club this season.
A hamstring problem picked up at the end of 2016 has once again kept Sakho on the sidelines though, and caused a major concern for the club in options up front. The 27-year-old was then forced to have surgery on his back after only expecting to be out for four weeks.
Sakho will begin life back in training with the U23s, before joining up with Bilic and the team after the international break as the Hammers look to avoid slipping back into the relegation mix.
He scored 10 goals in his debut Premier League season, and the fans will be hoping he can pick up similar form once again.