Aaron Cresswell made his first West Ham appearance of the season against AFC Wimbledon on Tuesday and was pleased to be back. The England international played the full 90 minutes as the Hammers advanced through to the third round of the Carabao Cup with a 3-1 victory at Kingsmeadow and it was the first time he had featured this season due to the calf injury he picked up during the summer.
The 28-year-old, who has seen Arthur Masuaku start the opening three matches of the new Premier League season in his absence, was delighted to return to the first-team after a frustrating start to the campaign.
“It was a good night’s work and good for me to get 90 minutes under my belt,” Cresswell told the club website. “It was my first 90 minutes since Everton on the last day of last season.”
Cresswell is now hoping to enjoy a sustained run in the team, starting with Saturday’s home clash with Wolves in the Premier League.
“I can kick on now and build on my fitness,” he added. “Getting through into the next round was the main objective and we did that.”