West Ham winger returns from injury two years after last competitive game

Winger makes his return after a lengthy spell on the sidelines

West Ham United winger Lennon Peake made his long-awaited comeback for the U21s over the weekend.

The youngsters played for the Hammers for the first time in over two years against Manchester City.

He hasn’t played a competitive game since February 2020 due to injury problems but got a run out in the second-half as the Hammers lost 4-1.

Peake, 20, had to have two surgeries on his knee and the road back to playing football again has been a long one for him.

“Unbelievable’...

After playing against City on Saturday, he told the official club website:

“Coming back in this game was unbelievable. It meant everything to me.

“I’ve come back from such a big injury and it’s been over two years for me, so to be back out on the pitch with the boys is such an amazing feeling. It’s great to be back doing what I love.”

He added:

“I just wanted to come on and make an impact. I wanted to work hard for the team and I think I was able to do that a bit. It wasn’t the result we wanted but I’m so glad to be back playing.”

Peake has been on the books at West Ham for his whole career to date and was a regular at various youth levels before his injury woes.

Next up for the U21s is a clash against Tottenham Hotspur this weekend.

Other news

In other news, Hammers’ youngster Mipo Odubeko scored for his first goal for loan club Port Vale on Saturday as they drew 2-2 with Cheltenham Town.

He has spent recent years with Huddersfield Town and Doncaster Rovers.