Manuel Pellegrini has suggested that Michail Antonio will be available for selection following the international break, as reported by West Ham United’s official channels.
The 29-year-old has been out through injury ever since he was forced off after just eight minutes of the Hammers’ 2-0 victory over Newport County in August, as per Transfermarkt.
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Though the manager’s comments imply that the winger could be available when West Ham host Tottenham Hotspur on 23rd November:
The Boss thinks Michail Antonio will be back after the international break
— West Ham United (@WestHam) October 31, 2019
Many fans are thrilled by this news, as they feel that Antonio is exactly the type of player West Ham have been missing of late, due to his ability to run at defences, as well as the passion he shows for the club.
With two matches to play before then, it is hoped that the Hammers will be able to pick up three points at least once ahead of his return, but the current run of five consecutive games without a win accentuates the point they are making.
A selection of Twitter reaction to the update, including posts from enthused West Ham fans, can be seen below:
Good he’s such a key player for us
— Matt Robson (@MattR0850N) October 31, 2019
After the last few lacklustre performances we need more passionate players.
— Chris Burbidge (@chris_burbidge) October 31, 2019
Thank god we need the pace
— Hannibal Furnace, RN (@G3nderBender69) October 31, 2019
— Kieran Batt (@Kieran_Batt) October 31, 2019
— John (@jrd_1999) October 31, 2019
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