West Ham United centre half Winston Reid knows a place in the starting XI is not guaranteed because of the strength in depth of the squad.

The New Zealand captain has struggled with injuries throughout this Premier League campaign meaning he has has been limited to just 13 appearances so far.

Reid said: “I have spoken to the manager and he told me how the situation was. The defence has been doing really well since I have been out and I said to him that it is not a problem. When I am needed he can call upon me to play.

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"Everyone wants to play, of course, but I know what the situation is. I trained hard and that gave me a couple of extra weeks to get my fitness back.

“It has been a while since [the Wolves] game and I feel OK. It did help me that I trained fully for a couple of weeks. But I know I can get better and will do over the coming games.”

Despite saying he is not fully fit yet the defender was given the difficult task of keeping out Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero who scored twice in the 2-2 draw at Upton Park on Saturday.

Reid said the superstar Argentinian forward was extremely hard to mark and although his second goal was lucky he was glad to see the back of his foe.

“When they changed things in the second half it got really hard for us and I think we coped with it pretty well,” said the 27-year-old.

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“When Aguero gets the ball in your half you need to be tight to him but, for me, it was more the second wave that comes at you from midfield when they start playing. You have to watch where the runs are coming from and trying to get blocks in.”

West Ham take a break from domestic duties next week when they travel to Anfield to take on Liverpool in the FA Cup Fourth Round.

Reid said: “We need to win it. We want to make sure we get through to the next round. Going to Liverpool is not going to be easy, but we just want to advance. We put a strong team out against Wolves and I am sure that we will have a strong enough team to get something there.”