West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini addressed the media during his pre-match press conference today, and suggested that Michail Antonio could be back in action after the next international break, as quoted by Football.London.
The 29-year-old winger suffered a serious hamstring tear at the end of August, and was initially ruled out for 3-4 months.
The Hammers have two more games to play before the next international break. They then return to action on November 23rd.
West Ham have really missed Antonio during his absence. So having him back involved with the first team will be a huge boost for Pellegrini.
And when speaking to reporters today, the Chilean suggested that the former Nottingham Forest man could be back in around three weeks time, as quoted quoted by Football.London:
“Antonio, I think will be ready for after the international break.”
Antonio’s game is built on raw power and pace. And West Ham fans will be hoping that he hasn’t lost any of his explosiveness when he returns.
If he isn’t rushed back to action, he should be just fine. And the rest of the West Ham players will be desperate to have the 29-year-old back in the team.
Antonio makes such a difference to the Hammers. And if the east Londoners are to crack the top six or seven this season, they need him back as soon as possible.