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Grant hopes for early Upson return

West Ham manager Avram Grant is hoping Matthew Upson will soon be available for selection after he came through a light training session on Friday.

Upson aggravated an Achilles injury during the Hammers' 1-0 defeat to Birmingham three weeks ago and it had been feared he would be out for the rest of the season.

The club have received several different diagnoses on their captain's injury and it is still unclear when he will be fit to play again.

Grant received some encouraging news today though when Upson came through a light workout with the squad at Upton Park ahead of Sunday's home match against Liverpool.

Upson is unlikely to be considered this weekend but Grant is hoping his star defender, and his other sidelined players like Robbie Keane, Jack Collison and Kieron Dyer, will be fit soon.

"We don't know how long Matthew Upson will be out for," Grant said. "He trained today but it was not training with pressure so we will wait and see.

"It's important when you get to the last few games that you have all your players available. We need them back to create competition within the squad.

"It's no secret that part of our problem this season has been injuries at the wrong time. All the players we have out were good before they got injured so it hasn't been easy."

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