Insider delivers news of major West Ham boost and update on key star Michail Antonio ahead of the Boxing Day clash with Southampton.
The Hammers are in a difficult moment right now after a run which has seen them win just one of their last six Premier League games and be knocked out of the Carabao Cup.
There were plenty of positives from West Ham’s performance in the 2-1 defeat to Spurs in midweek, though.
And West Ham are spending Christmas in the top five of the Premier League for the first time since the 2014/15 season.
David Moyes’s side now face a very winnable – on paper at least – run of games with Southampton visiting the London Stadium on Boxing Day.
Injuries have been having a big impact on West Ham’s thin squad recently.
So when Moyes lost his only striker, Michail Antonio – as he was forced to isolate after his wife tested positive for Covid last week – it was a big blow.
For all West Ham’s dominance against Spurs, they looked toothless without Antonio – even if he has been out of sorts since the November international break.
Now insiders Claret and Hugh have delivered an update on the Antonio situation – which will have West Ham fans on tenterhooks – and reported a major boost ahead of the Saints clash.
Insider delivers news of major West Ham boost and update on key star Michail Antonio
“Mikey Antonio will need to pass two positive lateral tests ahead of Sunday if he is to take his place in the team that meets Southampton at the London Stadium,” Claret and Hugh report.
“However, he has until Sunday morning before the game to show that he has not been affected by the virus and thus make himself available for selection.
“Whether David Moyes would then play him remains to be seen given his current form and that he would have been unable to train ahead of the game…
“And we are also told that at this point there no other covid problems in the squad as things stand.”
That is great news about the squad being clear of Covid as things stand.
But we’ll all be keeping our fingers crossed over Antonio.
He may not have been in form but we seriously miss him when he’s not available and a rest may well have done him the world of good.