West Ham ace Michail Antonio is closing in on a return from injury.

The 29-year-old has been out since the end of August, having suffered a serious hamstring tear against Newport County in the Carabao Cup.

And the Hammers have really missed the winger.

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Michail Antonio in action (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United FC via Getty Images)

Antonio’s pace and power offers West Ham something that they do not otherwise possess.

And having him back involved with the first-team will be a huge boost for Manuel Pellegrini.

The Hammers boss spoke to reporters last week and suggested that the former Nottingham Forest man should be back ready to play against Tottenham after the international break, as quoted by WHUFC.com:

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Michael Antonio (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United FC via Getty Images)

“I think Antonio will be ready for after the international break. All our other players are fit for Saturday.”

Antonio’s game is built around his explosive pace. And West Ham fans will be hoping that the hamstring injury hasn’t affected him in that regard.

He still could be a very important player for the Hammers this season. And the sooner he is back for West Ham, the better.

The Englishman always gives 100 per cent, and that is exactly the kind of effort and spirit Pellegrini’s side are missing at the moment.

Antonio took to Twitter today, and posted a message as he continues his recovery from injury…

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