By Wayne Veysey

5th Nov, 2020 | 10:11am

Exclusive: Big update on early Michail Antonio return for West Ham

Michail Antonio is on course to return ahead of schedule this month in a huge boost to West Ham, Football Insider has learned. 

The Hammers spearhead, 30, missed the team’s defeat to Liverpool with a hamstring injury sustained in the 1-1 draw against Man City a week previously.

The Mail reported that Antonio was facing six weeks on the sidelines with the problem and would be out until at least early December.

Football Insider has been told by a West Ham source that Antonio is making “good progress” with his rehabilitation and is targeting a return to action straight after the international break.

The forward will miss this weekend’s clash against Fulham but has pencilled in the 22nd November trip to Sheffield United for his potential comeback.

It would be a massive boost to Moyes if he could call upon his number one striker for that match, and for his absence to be limited to just two Premier League fixtures.

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Antonio has been in outstanding form since the June restart and is playing the best football of his career.

He became the first West Ham player in Premier League history to score four goals in one game in the 4-0 thrashing of Norwich City and has netted 11 league goals in his last 12 matches either side of the summer break.

In the current campaign, Antonio has scored three league goals in six matches – against Man City, Leicester City and Arsenal.

In other news, Gabriel Agbonlahor has told Football Insider a proven Premier League star is joining West Ham for “£7million” in January – “that will get done”.