West Ham defender Winston Reid has suffered an injury setback in a harsh blow to the central defender who hasn't featured for the Hammers since March 2018.


Per ​Football Insider, Reid has been hit with fresh back and knee pain, putting his long-awaited return to first team action on hold for an indefinite length of time. 

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This news will be a crushing blow for the New Zealander and comes after his manager, Manuel Pellegrini, spoke earlier in the week about a potential comeback for the defender: ''We need to be calm and patient with him [Reid]... as soon as he’s able to play with the first team, he’ll be involved''. 


Reid was supposed to return for the Under-21s against Cheltenham Town on Tuesday night but was ruled out as a result of the fresh problems. 


The 31-year-old has made more than 200 appearances in just under 10 years of service at the London club, and over that time cemented himself as one of the starting centre-backs and a reliable option. 


With no confirmed timescale on when Reid will return to the first team fold and having already been unavailable for a year and a half, his repetitive injuries will have cast doubt over whether the New Zealander can get back to his best for West Ham.


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As is usual with a long period on the sidelines through injury, players are not only challenged physically but also mentally. The psychological torment of being away from your teammates for such a long time and feeling detached would have a detrimental impact on most players, but Reid isn't showing any sign of that. 


The long-serving defender gave an insight into his mental wellbeing speaking to ​West Ham's official website back in July, when he said: “I never lost faith that I would come back, but it was a long and, at times, difficult rehab.


''Don’t get me wrong, it’s tough not being able to play football and being out for a long time and all, but it was an injury I couldn’t do anything about and there are people in far worse situations than I was.


“The club were really good with me, especially the physios and the staff. They gave me everything I needed to get back in the best possible situation.”