Duo return to boost Hammers
O'Neil & Lansbury return in reserves
By Pete O'Rourke - Follow me: @skysportspeteo. Last Updated: December 6, 2011 9:17pm
Gary O'Neil: Made return to action in reserves after seven-and-a-half months out
West Ham duo Gary O'Neil and Henri Lansbury made successful returns from injury in the reserves' win over Brentford.
O'Neil enjoyed his first action for seven-and-a-half months after suffering a serious ankle injury against Aston Villa in April.
Lansbury, on loan from Arsenal, has not featured since sustaining a knee injury in October's 1-0 loss at Southampton, but lined up alongside fellow midfielder O'Neil before watching boss Sam Allardyce.
Reserve team manager Ian Hendon told West Ham TV: "Henri has been training really well and his quality is there for all to see. As soon as he is back ready and fit, which I think is now, it will be a bonus for the gaffer come Saturday afternoons.
"Gary is a bit stiff and tired at the moment, but he's come through. He's worked his socks off to get back to fitness and will continue to do so.
"It was a nice step for him to get out on the pitch and one of the goals came from him hitting a shot and we followed it in."