Striker Robert Hall recalled by West Ham

Robert Hall
Hall only experienced one defeat in his 10 games at Oxford

West Ham United have recalled striker Robert Hall from his loan spell at League Two Oxford United.

Hall, 18, has been instrumental in Oxford's success this season scoring six goals in 10 games for the U's.

The U's had wanted to extend his loan stay but West Ham have injury concerns and have asked Hall to return.

But 21-year-old striker Jonathan Franks has returned to the club from Middlesbrough and Tom Craddock is back in training.

Franks initially signed on loan until 1 January but suffered a shoulder injury in a behind-closed-doors friendly before he could make his debut.

He returned to the North East for treatment and has now come back to Oxford having regained fitness.

"Although we are disappointed to see Robbie go at this point, we always knew this was a possibility when taking him on loan," said chairman Kelvin Thomas.

Thomas added: "The timing is tough as we had begun discussions on extending his loan for a longer period and there would have been no issue with this without West Ham's injury problems.

"The positive is that it is great for Robbie. He has come here, played well, scored goals and had that little bit of experience.

"West Ham are very happy with the way he has been looked after and the way he has played and have taken him back to be involved with the first team squad."

Manager Chris Wilder also admitted to being disappointed at Hall's departure, but insisted he still had plenty of options up front.

"It was disappointing to see Robbie Hall leave, although we fully understand and we do have options up front," added Wilder.

"Jonathan coming back is good news, Deane Smalley is a proven goalscorer at this level, Danny Philliskirk was brought up at Chelsea and has good pedigree and Tom Craddock is back in full training now.

"We do have competition for places up front and Jonathan returning will only add to that competition."

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