West Ham United boss David Moyes has been handed a massive injury boost for the run-in after Andriy Yarmolenko returned to training.

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Yarmolenko has been out for over a month after picking up an injury in West Ham’s FA Cup defeat at Man United.

The Hammers have not missed him too much since.

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Backup for Antonio and Bowen on the way as Yarmolenko resumes training

But a lack of alternatives and back-up to Michail Antonio and Jarrod Bowen has been very apparent with Moyes struggling to fill his bench.

With 10 games left of the season West Ham are right in the mix for European qualification.

Now Moyes looks set for a timely boost with the return of Yarmolenko from injury.

West Ham posted pictures from training at the weekend.

And Yarmolenko was spotted back involved with the caption ‘Andriy Yarmolenko is back in training’.

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Yarmo’s return makes headlines in his homeland

The 92-capped Ukraine international has not shown his best form this season when given the odd chance under Moyes.

But West Ham’s highest paid player does give the manager a different option and a touch more guile.

He could yet have an important part to play as West Ham look to try and get the six or seven wins they will likely need to secure a dream Champions League spot.


Yarmolenko’s return to training was big news back in his homeland.

So much so the Ukraine Football Federation ran a story about the 31-year-old hitting the Hammers comeback trail on its official website.

Another injured star, Arthur Masuaku, was also pictured in training and he too looks set to boost Moyes’s options sooner rather than later.

Given the sorry state of West Ham’s bench at Old Trafford, their returns can’t come quick enough.

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Timely boost for Moyes ahead of run-in

The Irons named two goalkeepers on their bench and were a player short of a full complement.

Yarmolenko is one of a number of players Moyes is expected to try and move on this summer.

Finding a buyer – who would have to match his £115,000 per week wages for at least the first year – may prove difficult, especially in the current climate.

So a Jack Wilshere style mutual termination may be in order. Either way the attacker should be motivated for the run-in to try and attract suitors.

And that can only be a good thing for Moyes and West Ham.

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