Key man Michail Antonio is reportedly an injury doubt for West Ham United’s clash with Wolves tonight.
West Ham have not had much time to bask in the glory of their shock 1-0 win at bitter rivals Chelsea on Saturday.
The Hammers ended their miserable eight-game winless run at Stamford Bridge.
That has eased pressure on manager Manuel Pellegrini.
Crucial to the victory over Chelsea was fans’ favourite Michail Antonio.
Antonio gives West Ham a pulse again
Antonio replaced record signing Sebastien Haller up front in the lone striker role. And his power, pace and workrate tormented Chelsea throughout.
Antonio’s mobility and effort was further underlined when Haller replaced the tiring forward late on.
After a three-month injury lay-off Antonio had run himself into the ground.
Before he was replaced by Haller for the last 15 minutes, Antonio had just gone down with cramp.
Returning star a doubt for Wolves
And he left the field walking somewhat gingerly. Reports since the game have circulated that Antonio has a slight strain and will not be risked at Molineux.
He has been sorely missed as has star player Lukasz Fabianski. The goalkeeper has been out since September and rumours abound that he too could return for the Southampton game before Christmas.
Winston Reid and Manuel Lanzini are other key players who remain out injured.
But Pellegrini gave a quadrupled injury update on the key players when he spoke during his pre-match press conference to face Wolves (whufc.com).
“Lukasz is working in a normal way,” Pellegrini told whufc.com.
Pellegrini offers quadruple injury update
“Probably he will be ready at the end of the month, but I think that we must be careful with his return and not try to bring him back before he’s absolutely ready. He’s training, not with the squad, but he’s training.
“Winston Reid played already 90 minutes so he is fit. Manuel Lanzini is running but he cannot have [physical] contact for around two or three weeks more, and all the other players are okay.
“We need to see tomorrow if it’s a risk for (Antonio) to play again because the recovery between the two games is just three days, so we’ll decide with the medical staff what we’ll do with him, but we must be careful not to force him too much in these first games.”