It’s been confirmed in the German media that Hamburg attacker Nicolai Muller has returned to first team training after a lengthy lay off with injury.

The German was linked with a move to West Ham United before being sidelined for much of the season with a knee ligament problem.

Hamburger Morgenpost have reported Muller trained with his Hamburg teammates on Tuesday after picking up the injury at the start of the campaign. In a rather unfortunate incident, Muller tried to a ‘helicopter’ celebration after scoring and his knee went from under him.

It’s not known if the player will return to action this season, but there were suggestions last month he didn’t want to risk coming back too soon as he will be out of contract in the summer.

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Muller’s contract with the German side expires at the end of the season, and with the strong possibility they could be relegated to Bundesliga 2 there are question marks over his future at Hamburg.

His situation could give the chance for West Ham to come in for Muller in the summer and land the player on a free transfer. We covered reports last summer that West Ham were showing an interest in the 30 year old, and the attacker was being valued in the region of €8-10m.

If the Hammers were to reignite their interest in Muller they would expect to face competition from Schalke, but talks can commence on a transfer now.