Marko Arnautovic could play for West Ham United against Liverpool after scans on his foot injury confirmed that he had not broken a bone, Football FanCast have been told.
The Austria international was substituted late on during the club’s 3-0 loss to Wolves on Tuesday after a follow-through from Ruben Neves’ clearance caught Arnautovic.
Javier Hernandez replaced him and Arnautovic was subsequently pictured leaving Molineux in a protective boot and on crutches.
Marko Arnautovic left the stadium in a protective boot and on crutches. pic.twitter.com/f3HE5jgW8J
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The club had feared that he had suffered a broken foot, which could have seen a lengthy lay-off.
However, Football FanCast can confirm that Arnautovic merely has heavy bruising on his foot and has an outside chance of being involved against Jurgen Klopp’s side.
It is perhaps more likely that he will return against Crystal Palace next weekend but the news will come as a major boost to manager Manuel Pellegrini.
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The 29-year-old has scored eight goals and provided two assists this season, per Transfermarkt, and was back in the team against Wolves after a short absence.
The Hammers have appeared distracted throughout the month amid rumours over Arnautovic’s future, losing to AFC Bournemouth and Wolves in the Premier League after defeating Arsenal 1-0. They also lost in the FA Cup to AFC Wimbledon, falling 4-2 to the team that are currently rock-bottom of League One.
After Liverpool and Palace, the Hammers face Fulham as they look to keep pace with seventh-placed Wolves; Pellegrini’s men are currently four points back in 11th.