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Enner Valencia nearing West Ham return

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West Ham forward Enner Valencia is on the brink of a return to the side after recovering from a damaged right fibula in July.

Valencia's career at the Hammers has been unconvincing and the jury remains out on whether the Ecuadorian has proven a wise investment following his £12 million move in 2014.

The San Lorenzo-born striker has a current record of five goals in 37 appearances in English football. A poor record compared to his time at CF Pachuca, where he averaged better than a goal every other game.

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It seems a long time since the 5’ 8” striker thumped home a screamer at the KC Stadium on his full league debut, 14 months to be exact.

Far from the heights of the swirling ripper that bagged him West Ham’s goal of the season award, Valencia has dipped into a barren spell in front of goal.

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Despite his acrobatic headed finishes at Turf Moor and the Brittania Stadium in the early months of last season, a consolation strike against Crystal Palace in February is his only league goal for 2015.

His spot on the team sheet became swiftly swallowed up by the sumptuous Senegalese forward Diafra Sakho, whose signing has proved far more fruitful.

The 2015-16 season provided Valencia a fresh start to get the supporters echoing his name once again through the hallowed stands of the Boleyn Ground. However, this ambition was swiftly dismissed as injury struck after an awkward fall in a Europa League tie.

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic has confirmed Valencia remains a couple of weeks away from making his return as they attempt to ease him back after three months confined to the massage table.

So whilst it may be exciting for Hammers fans to see Valencia close to a comeback, it is yet to be seen whether the tricky forward can reignite the goal-scoring form that saw him snapped up by the London club in the first place.

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