West Ham United fans were gutted when Michail Antonio was ruled out until next year through injury.

So they will be delighted to see Antonio has returned to training as he steps up his recovery.

Well perhaps not everyone.

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West Ham’s beast returns to training ground

West Ham’s kitman is undoubtedly the only person who was not pleased to see the self-styled ‘beast’ back at the club’s Rush Green training base.

That’s after Antonio filmed himself creeping up on the busy kitman and frightening him before posting it on social media for all to see.

“Kit man’s happy to have me back at the training ground,” Antonio said on Twitter as he posted the video sneaking up and scaring the kitman.

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Sorely missed

It is great to see Antonio back in the mix as he starts his long road to recovery.

 

But it also shows what a great team spirit Manuel Pellegrini is fostering at West Ham.

Antonio is something of a joker in the West Ham pack.

Last week after the victory over Manchester United, Antonio went all Liverpool as he brilliantly trolled teammate Aaron Cresswell.

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Smells like team spirit

Antonio took to Twitter to troll Cresswell – who had scored a wonderful free-kick in the 2-0 win – with a voiceover impersonation of the left-back, complete with a dodgy Liverpudlian accent.

Whatever Pellegrini is doing to harbour the excellent togetherness at the club, the Chilean must keep it up.

Who knows West Ham just might do something special.

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