Marko Arnautovic has once again admitted to playing through the pain barrier for West Ham.
Arnautovic has given an update on his ongoing knee injury, Sky Sports News reports. The 29-year-old is unable to train too often as a result of this.
Arnautovic is not at full fitness, due to a bruising on the bone of his knee. The Austria international, however, is willing to play through the pain barrier for club and country.
He said: “The knee is not the best but I am fit and I can play. I’m not training a lot at West Ham to try and my knee calm.
“It is going to take some time as I have some inflammation in my bone but I am always ready to play on the weekend.
“You can’t change it you can’t do nothing, you just have to treat it well to settle it down but I can handle the pain so for me in the game I am 100 per cent fit.
“I’m ready for every game. I’m ready for Northern Ireland and afterwards back at West Ham my focus will be on Tottenham.”
“After a game I need some rest for about two or three days. By the middle of the week I am training normally with the team, training in full.
“And on the weekend I can play, that is the most important thing. Obviously you can’t do anything on this bone bruise.”
West Ham need Arnautovic
Last season, Arnautovic’s tally of 11 goals was enough to keep West Ham up in the Premier League.
This season, he already has four goals in seven games. His presence on the pitch boosts the players and the Hammers’ talisman is a handful for defenders.
A long-term injury to Arnautovic would be devastating for the Irons.
West Ham fans would have hoped that Arnautovic was withdrawn from international duty to rest up for the Spurs clash.