Tuesday 21 November 2017

Double injury boost for Hammers

Michail Antonio is fit to face Swansea
Michail Antonio is fit to face Swansea

West Ham's bid to move out of the bottom three has been given a huge boost with the return of Michail Antonio and Manuel Lanzini.

Antonio looked set for another spell on the sidelines when he pulled up with a groin injury against Tottenham last weekend.

But the speedy winger has made a speedy recovery and is in line to face Swansea on Saturday, along with Argentinian playmaker Lanzini, who has been out for a month with a knee injury.

"Lanzini is back in the squad," said manager Slaven Bilic.

"And Michail Antonio's injury wasn't that bad. There was always a chance he would be available for Swansea and it was like that.

"He trained with us Thursday, so he'll also be in the squad."

The Hammers lost their first three matches, but bounced back with a win over Huddersfield and a draw at West Brom before the 3-2 defeat by Spurs.

Bilic sees the visit of the Swans as a "crucial" chance to get more points on the board ahead of the international break.

"It's very important to get a win," he added

"Three points would lift us a few places up the table, give us confidence, stability and good motivation. I would call it crucial."

Bilic also confirmed West Ham have accepted an FA misconduct charge following the melee at the end of the Spurs match.

"It was a derby game, the players were in a special state of mind," he said.

"It wasn't anything nasty or deliberate, with someone with a cause to hurt the opponent. it was all part of the game.

"But on the other hand the FA has to draw the line and not have too much of a grey zone when it comes to that.

"We will accept the charge because you can't deny there was a bit of pushing."

Press Association

Promoted Links

Sport Newsletter

The best sport action straight to your inbox every morning.

Promoted Links

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport