Injury News: Andriy Yarmolenko ahead of schedule in West Ham injury return

According to the reliable ExWHUemployee on Episode 124 of ‘The West Ham Way’ radio show, West Ham United attacker Andriy Yarmolenko is ahead of schedule in his injury return, and could feature earlier than expected at the end of the campaign.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the Ukraine international injured an Achilles tendon during the defeat against arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur back in October, and The Independent reported at the time that the big-money £17.5m signing could be out of action for six months after undergoing surgery.

ExWHUemployee suggests in his latest update that the 29-year-old was only expected to be available for maybe the final one or two Premier League fixtures of the season, but the forward could now be available for the last month of action, meaning he could potentially feature in the trip to Old Trafford on April 13.

Yarmolenko had started to find some form prior to the issue, scoring twice in the 3-1 win against Everton before following that up a fortnight later with an assist in the win against Manchester United by the same scoreline.

Big boost?

It certainly is.

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West Ham may have little to play for in terms of European qualification or domestic cup success, but they will still want to finish as the best of the rest outside of the top six in the top flight.

As things stand ahead of their fixture against Fulham at the London Stadium on Friday night, they are six points adrift of seventh-placed Wolves with a dozen matches left to play.

Potentially have Yarmonlenko back in action earlier on in their run-in will be a big boost for the Irons in the final third, with the Ukrainian having the ability and quality to make a real difference alongside the likes of Manuel Lanzini, Marko Arnautovic and fellow summer addition Felipe Anderson.