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Manuel Pellegrini could play Michail Antonio against Tottenham Hotspur after the international break, as reported by Football Insider.
The winger has recovered from surgery on a hamstring injury that has kept him out since he was forced off after eight minutes of the Carabao Cup game against Newport County in August.
As long as the 29-year-old goes through the international break unscathed, it seems as though he will be included in the squad to play the Hammers’ London rivals.
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This is a massive boost for the Hammers, especially when it is considered that this will be against Spurs.
Antonio has previous against them and that will give the fans optimism ahead of the clash.
He scored the only goal of the game in the final face off at Upton Park and he also added the winner in their first matchup at the brand new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, a goal that was topped off with a typically entertaining celebration.
Not only is he something of a lucky charm against Spurs, he will be returning at a good time for Sebastien Haller.
When Tony Cottee spoke to FFC, he mentioned the lack of support the Frenchman has been given: “I think at times he’s been a little bit isolated up front, so he could do with a little bit of help.”
Before picking up the injury, Antonio spoke of how good it was to play with Haller, as reported by The Athletic: “It’s good that we have two people up there now who can play the big man game. We can both hold the ball up, we can both run in from behind, so we’ve had a nice little partnership going.”
With this in mind, having Antonio available could help bring the best out of Haller, who has now gone four games without a goal.
Considering how poor things have been in recent weeks for the Hammers, it will be a massive boost to their chances of beating Spurs if Antonio is able to feature.