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The £150,000-a-week star is now ‘very close’ to returning to the London stadium

West Ham star Lucas Paqueta could be back for Hammers’ Europa Conference League tie against FCSB on Thursday, injury news reporter claims Ben Dinner.

The 25-year-old attacking midfielder came out with a shoulder problem but seems close to making a comeback.

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What’s the latest on injuries involving Paqueta?

Paqueta missed out on West Ham’s last four luminaries after injuring his shoulder in a Draw 1-1 with Southampton last month.

It’s a frustrating development for the Brazilian, who joined the Hammers from Lyon in the summer.

He would have hoped to settle in quickly and make a positive impact at the London Stadium, but was unable to because of his shoulder injury.

The good news for the former Lyonnais, however, is that he is unlikely to miss the World Cup in Qatar, which is due to start later this month.

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What did Dinnery say about Paqueta?

Dinnery told GIVEMESPORT that Paqueta could be ready to play for a few minutes against FCSB on Thursday.

Speaking to GMS, the reporter said: “Everything we know so far indicates that it should be very close for Thursday. If not, maybe we are looking at Sunday.”

How desperate will David Moyes be for Paqueta to return?

Very. Having spent around £50 million (via Sky Sports) on him, a club record, West Ham and Moyes must see Paqueta as a key player.

When the Brazil international is fully fit again, he should bring a lot of quality to the team. According FBrefover the past year, he ranked in the 93rd percentile for progressive passes and 86th for completed dribbles among attacking midfielders and wingers.

Paqueta also ranked in the 90th percentile for tackles, 93rd for blocks, 95th for clearances and 88th for jumps earned, which is pretty impressive.

Ultimately, while Paqueta has the skill to improve West Ham going forward, the £150,000 per week star can also help Moyes’ side win the ball.

When you consider all of that, of course, the Scot will want his new signing back as soon as possible.

Moyes is now hoping he can call on Paqueta on Thursday when West Ham conclude their Europa Conference League group stage campaign. Otherwise, it looks like he’ll have to wait for Crystal Palace game on Sunday, which isn’t too far away.

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