'Much better': David Moyes reveals West Ham star Michail Antonio will return sooner than expected

Sam Brookes November 6, 2020
'Much better': David Moyes reveals West Ham star Michail Antonio will return sooner than expected
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West Ham manager David Moyes has confirmed that Michail Antonio has made positive progress this week in his recovery from injury and will return sooner than expected.

When will Michail Antonio return?

The in-form striker missed the side’s 2-1 defeat to Liverpool last weekend with a hamstring complaint. He was initially expected to be out for 4-6 weeks.

However, it seems that the 30-year-old could be back sooner than first anticipated.

“Michail is doing much better and we hope he’ll be back shortly,” Moyes said ahead of this weekend’s home game with Fulham, as reported by the club’s official website.

Sparkling form

The experienced forward scored three times in the opening six games of the season. This included strikes against Arsenal and Manchester City.

News that his injury setback is not as bad as first feared will be a major relief for the Hammers.

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Moyes backs Haller

Antonio was replaced in the starting line-up by Sebastien Haller at Anfield. The striker received his first call-up to the Ivory Coast national team this week. He is yet to fully convince in the Premier League, though.

Moyes has backed the club’s record signing to come good in time.

“I think it takes time to settle in the Premier League and people expect a lot from the start.

“It’s a big chance for him to show what he can do. He has a great reputation throughout Europe, so let’s hope he can bring that to West Ham,” he said.

Noble struggling

The team are likely to be without club captain Mark Noble for Saturday’s game. Moyes revealed that he is currently troubled by a rib injury.

There is better news for Aaron Creswell, though, who has come through training unscathed this week.

West Ham have won just two of their opening seven league games following a tricky fixture list. However, they remain five points above the bottom three at this early stage in the season.

There can be no doubt that the return of Michail Antonio will be a big boost.

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Sam Brookes is an aspiring sports journalist with a background in football analysis. He has written for a number of online publications in recent years, and specialises in English and Italian football.