Exclusive: Pellegrini pencils in West Ham big name for recall v Spurs after key development
Michail Antonio is set to hand West Ham a major boost by returning to action for the showdown against Tottenham next week, Football Insider understands.
The versatile attacking midfielder, 29, is back in training after recovering from hamstring surgery which has sidelined him since August.
A West Ham source has told Football Insider that Manuel Pellegrini is ready to recall Antonio for the 23 November clash at the London Stadium.
Antonio has been pencilled in to return to the first team for the London derby if he comes through training during the international break without any problems.
Pellegrini is a big admirer of the adaptability of Antonio, who can slot into any number of attacking positions, as well as at full-back or wing-back.
The Englishman also has an eyecatching scoring record for the Hammers of 28 goals from 132 matches, that have been supplemented by 18 assists.
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The former Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest man hasn’t featured for West Ham since their 2-0 win over Newport County in the Carabao Cup in August.
He has been badly missed by a side that have slumped to 16th spot in the Premier League after a wretched run over the last two months.
The Hammers have failed to win any of their last seven games in all competitions, including four defeats from their last five Premier League outings.
To add to their woes Manuel Lanzini faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a fractured collarbone and Pellegrini is ready to turn to versatile performer Antonio to boost his options.
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