West Ham United insider @ExWHUemployee has recently provided an injury update on English attacker Michail Antonio.
Back in October, the frontman was substituted off the pitch early in the second half after scoring for the Irons during the 1-1 draw with Manchester City (per BBC).
Antonio’s removal was due to a hamstring issue, and it was claimed by TalkSPORT that he would be absent for more than four weeks.
At the end of November, the 30-year-old attacker returned for the 2-1 victory over Aston Villa, however, he managed just 45 minutes and has not been seen on the pitch since (per Transfermarkt).
He said: “Antonio is in line for the Chelsea game, which is a couple of weeks from now. Again, that’s not definite but that’s what he’s targeting.”
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As can be seen in what the in-the-know podcaster had to say, he believes that Antonio is “targeting” a return for the Chelsea match, however, “that’s not definite”.
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Despite the podcaster claiming that the fixture is a couple of weeks from now, it is, in fact, next Monday.
Should Antonio be able to return to fitness in time for the fixture against Frank Lampard’s Blues, that would mean that he will miss just the upcoming game against Crystal Palace (per Transfermarkt), which wills surely come as a big boost for the Hammers as he’s scored three goals in seven appearances, which has helped earn him an impressive 7.12/10 average rating, making him their second-best performer in the league (per WhoScored).
So, clearly, he is an important player for the London Stadium club.