David Moyes suggested that Andriy Yarmolenko is still some way off making a return for West Ham, when speaking to reporters today, as quoted by Football.London.
The 30-year-old joined the Hammers from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2018 for around £17.5 million (Evening Standard). And he has gone on to rack up five goals and two assists in 25 appearances for the east London outfit (Transfermarkt).
The Ukraine international has been out injured since mid-December, and he has only made 15 Premier League appearances all season.
Yarmolenko has struggled to establish himself at West Ham. But on his day he is still a very good player. And he could make a real difference for the Hammers between now and the end of the season.
Moyes told reporters today that the 30-year-old is still some way off being ready to play again, however, as quoted by Football.London:
“He has done a little bit of training, he has joined a bit during the week but not really the main sessions, he’s not been with us today so he’s probably still a little bit off from joining us.”
West Ham still have plenty of attacking talent amongst their ranks to cope without Yarmolenko.
Felipe Anderson has just returned from injury, whilst Jarrod Bowen was brought in on transfer deadline day in January. Michail Antonio is looking good too.
It will still be a boost for Moyes to have the Ukrainian back as soon as possible, however.