David Moyes has received a welcome boost surrounding the fitness of Michail Antonio ahead of our Premier League re-start following the World Cup break.
West Ham return to action on Boxing Day with a daunting trip to current league leaders Arsenal, which is set to provide a huge test as our Hammers desperately seek to kick start a so far underwhelming season.
Moyes’ side currently occupy 16th spot and are 1 point clear of the relegation zone, despite having played 40% of a campaign that many had very high hopes for following a huge summer outlay on players of around £180m.
The current standings have put enormous pressure on Moyes to turn form around and fast, with the away match at the Emirates the 1st of 3 crucial matches in which the Scot simply has to deliver.
West Ham ran out all square in the final build-up friendly match away to Fulham at the weekend, however the game was marred by the injury sustained to Gianluca Scamacca, who picked up an ankle complaint following a heavy challenge from former Irons defender Issa Diop.
Although the injury to the Italian international is yet to be fully determined, this added further concern considering fellow forward Michail Antonio was missing from the match due to injury, however The West Ham Way can reveal the outlook isn’t as bad as feared.
ExWHUEmployee revealed on The West Ham Way Podcast that the Hammers number 9 felt his thigh in training and was therefore withdrawn from the friendly with Fulham as a precautionary measure. Therefore, as of now, Antonio should be available for selection for the Arsenal game in 6 days time.
This of course could change should an injury occur or any complications are realised, however at this stage the outlook is looking positive for West Ham to have Michail available to lead in the line in the crucial London derby.