Hammer blow for crocked O’Neil

The January signing from Middlesbrough sustained the problem during

last weekend’s defeat to Aston Villa following a challenge from

former Hammers star Nigel Reo-Coker. O’Neil has been forced to

undergo surgery on the problem and the 27-year-old has declared the

operation a success. “It was a successful operation. I have got

some joint damage in the ankle that they had to sort but I am told

it went well,” O’Neil told the club’s official website. “I am

disappointed not to be involved for the last five games but I am

looking to get back as fast as I can next season. I will be right

behind the lads and I’ll be cheering them on at the matches. “I

have got my head around the timescales involved for my comeback. I

have just got to keep my foot up for a few weeks and then take it

from there.”