Speaking on a recent episode of the U Irons podcast, The Athletic’s Roshane Thomas provided an update on the fitness of West Ham United centre-forward, Michail Antonio, ahead of the Hammers’ clash with Tottenham Hotspur.
So far this season, Antonio has been in excellent form over his 15 Premier League appearances for David Moyes’ side, scoring five goals and providing three assists, as well as averaging a WhoScored match rating of 7.09 – ranking him as the club’s third-best performer in the top flight.
However, the £10.8 million-rated 30-year-old has proven something of an injury concern for West Ham on a number of occasions this term, with Antonio missing nine league fixtures for the Irons, including the club’s recent 3-0 victory over Sheffield United.
And, the fitness of the striker was one topic of conversation on a recent episode of the U Irons podcast, in which Thomas revealed some positive news on the condition of Antonio.
He said: “I’ve been told that he’ll definitely be back for the game against Tottenham on Sunday. I’ve been told the only reason why he missed the game [against Sheffield United] was precautionary – they just didn’t want to risk it, but he’ll definitely be back for the game against Tottenham on Sunday.”
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Considering the fact that, after the January sale of Sebastien Haller, Antonio is Moyes’ only senior out and out centre-forward, the news that the 30-year-old looks set to be back for the club’s clash with Spurs on Sunday is undoubtedly positive for the Hammers.
And, with a West Ham win bringing the possibility of entering the Champions League places, while also ensuring that their London rivals remain languishing towards the bottom of the top half of the Premier League standings, the news of Antonio’s return to fitness could not have come at a better time.