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Wednesday, 14 April 2010 16:20

Boa Morte makes reserve comeback for West Ham

Winger nears return

Luis Boa Morte continued his comeback from an eight-month injury absence by playing 45 minutes for West Ham United’s reserve team against Wolverhampton Wanderers last night.

The 32-year-old has been out of action since last July when he damaged cruciate knee ligaments during the Hammers’ pre-season in Asia. Having been back in training for over two weeks, Boa Morte was given a runout for the reserves, before being replaced at half time, as was the plan decided by the club’s medical staff.

Playing in central midfield, the Portuguese showed no ill effects of the injury and enjoyed a lively showing for his team, who fielded seven internationals in their starting line-up during a 4-1 victory.

It remains to be seen whether Boa Morte will return to first-team action before the end of the season, with West Ham currently fighting relegation. Gianfranco Zola’s men are four points clear of the drop zone with four matches left to play, although the team face a tough end of season run-in, with both Liverpool and Manchester City still to play.

Fellow Portuguese Manuel da Costa, who moved to Upton Park from Fiorentina last summer, has enjoyed an impressive run in the team of late. The 23-year-old defender has started each of West Ham’s last three Premiership matches, and even scored during a 2-2 draw at Everton earlier this month.

By Sean Gillen

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