Winston Reid is set to make his return from injury on 8th October, when West Ham United U23s face Cheltenham Town in the EFL Trophy, according to Claret & Hugh.

The New Zealand international has missed a total of 53 matches for the Hammers, having not played a single game last season, as per Transfermarkt.

He had been believed to be ready to play for the U23s in one of the last two Premier League 2 games, but was not risked – he is now reportedly deemed to be in the condition needed to get onto the pitch.

This will be a bigger test for him than would have been the case before, as he will be facing Football League opposition, rather than an U23s team.

The report suggests that unless the defender, who has been at West Ham since 2010, picks up any problems between now and the game, he will be involved against Cheltenham.

U23s manager Dmitri Halajko will not be seeing this game as an easy way back in for the 31-year-old though, as he won’t want to lose his unbeaten record, that currently stand at 16 matches, as reported by the club’s official website.

This will also be an opportunity for the U23s to cement their place at the top of their EFL Trophy group.