The midfielder suffered a severe anterior cruciate ligament injury during pre-season training last summer, and admitted his delight at making his return earlier than previously expected.
“At times, my recovery and rehabilitation were not easy, both physically and mentally, and many feelings and many things went through my head, but I stayed positive and gave maximum effort to my work."
He added: “I felt good on Friday, but I know I still have work to do to get to my best fitness levels and best form. I am determined to get there, but I know I have to be sensible and not rush things. We have many good things to work for in the future and I am looking forward to playing for Mister Pellegrini and his staff.
“After eight months of work and recovery, I went back to doing what I love on Friday night. I want to thank the fans for the support you always gave me, I love you all."https://t.co/mr73f0ls7T— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) February 26, 2019
"We have a very strong squad here and hopefully we can achieve good things this season and in the next seasons.“Thank you very much to everyone. I am sure the best is yet to come.”
Lanzini’s return to first-team action will be welcome news for the Hammers, who have missed his creativity behind the forwards throughout this season.