Tottenham could take a major step towards securing European football next term as Antonio Conte’s men face West Ham on Sunday afternoon.
Besides longer-term injuries to Japhet Tanganga, Oliver Skipp and Ryan Sessegnon, Spurs have a clean bill of health.
However, that hasn’t stopped them from receiving a blow after news emerged from the West Ham camp.
Speaking ahead of the encounter this afternoon, David Moyes confirmed that Michail Antonio should be fit for the game between the two sides this weekend.
He said: “I do not see any reason why he should not be [fit].
“The biggest thing is just trying to keep Mich away from any hamstring injuries. That’s what we’re always mindful of. But already he is way ahead of the number of games he normally plays [in a season] so physically he is getting better and that is really important and he is looking after himself much better as well.”
That was after the striker hobbled off the pitch injured in the dying embers against Sevilla.
This will come as a huge blow to Tottenham’s chances of taking all three points from the game for several reasons.
First of all, Antonio is West Ham’s only centre-forward and thus, their chances of scoring are severely increased with him in the team, even if he has only found the net once in his last 13 outings.
However, the Jamaica international is more than just scoring goals. He is a ball of energy in the final third and will constantly hassle opponents and bulldoze his way past defenders.
Previously described as a “complete monster” by journalist Paul Brown, the centre-forward showed his true colours against Sevilla a few days ago, completing six dribbles and winning a whopping 12 ground and aerial duels combined.
His unrelenting desire to chase down balls and make the lives of defenders as hard as possible means he will be a sizeable threat to Spurs’ backline on Sunday.
They can, at least, take some solace from the fact that Jarrod Bowen is ruled out but an Antonio blow would have been the perfect double whammy for Conte and his men.
The likes of Sergio Romero and Eric Dier will have to be at the top of their game in order to seal a victory today.