West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini has given an injury update on two of his players, as reported by Football.London.
The Hammers host Tottenham Hotspur this weekend in a London derby clash and Pellegrini will be hoping for a full strength squad.
But ahead of the game, Arthur Masuaku and Marko Arnautovic were doubtful.
International duty injuries
Both Masuaku and Arnautovic withdrew from international duty with knocks.
Masuaku made his debut for DR Congo. But missed their second game against Zimbabwe with an ankle injury.
Arnautovic has an ongoing knee issue. He played and scored the winner in Austria’s victory over Northern Ireland.
But it had already been arranged that he return to West Ham after that game, rather than play in Austria’s friendly.
Pellegrini has given an update on the two players. And it is mixed news for the Hammers.
Judging by Pellegrini’s words, Arnautovic should be fit but Masuaku remains doubtful.
Speaking about Arnautovic, Pellegrini said: “Marko is OK, he worked when he returned from the squad, he played just one game.
“He worked with the squad without any problems, he must be careful with his knee but it allows for him to play games.”
And on Masuaku, Pellegrini added: “Arthur was away with his national squad this week, he worked today with the squad and we’ll see what will happen.”
It looks like Arnautovic should be fit to face Spurs, which is a major bonus for West Ham.
If he does not make it in time for the game, Javier Hernandez is back from his illness and available.
Masuaku might miss the game, though. Aaron Cresswell is waiting in the wings to replace him at left-back.
Speaking about Cresswell in this press conference, Pellegrini said: “I knew about Aaron when I was here with Man City. Arthur is maybe a more attacking player but he has to improve a lot defending so we have in that position very good cover.”