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West Ham United: Michail Antonio ahead of schedule in his recovery

West Ham United: Michail Antonio ahead of schedule in his recovery

Michail Antonio is ahead of schedule in his recovery from a hamstring injury, as reported by ExWHUEmployee via West Ham News.

The 29-year-old was forced off after just eight minutes of the Hammers’ Carabao Cup win against Newport County, as per SofaScore, having pulled up when through on goal.

While there is no date of return included in the report, it will be an encouraging sign for both the player and club that he is ahead of schedule.

Antonio has started 1 Premier League game this season, coming off the bench 2 times, as per WhoScored.

Despite his three appearances only totalling 126 minutes, Antonio still averaged 0.7 key passes and 1 completed dribble per game.

When the Englishman returns, there will likely be an intriguing contest between him and Andriy Yarmolenko to see who will get the place on the right-wing.

The Ukrainian has scored 3 goals in 6 league starts and 1 substitute appearance this campaign, while averaging 1.3 key passes and 0.6 dribbles per game.

Having Antonio back will definitely be a boost for the Hammers, as he can be a threat whether starting games or coming on from the bench.

It is encouraging that the 29-year-old is ahead of schedule in his return, as long as there is no risk of the injury being aggravated as a consequence of this – having Yarmolenko available and in good form means there is no need for him to be rushed back.

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