By Will Butcher
Michail Antonio could return from injury in time for West Ham’s London derby against Arsenal next week, according to a reliable journalist.
Antonio, 26, pulled out of England’s squad to face Germany and Lithuania last week with a hamstring injury.
The former Nottingham Forest winger is set to miss Saturday’s clash against relegation threatened Hull, but could now return to face Arsenal on April 5.
Injury analyst Ben Dinnery, who works for Sky Sports and ESPN, claimed on his personal Twitter account that the versatile attacker could be fit to face the Gunners.
Antonio [hamstring] has an outside chance of making next weeks game at the Emirates following a return to light training on Tuesday. #WHUFC
— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) March 29, 2017
Antonio has been a rare shining light in a Hammers side that have struggled to remain consistent under current boss Slaven Bilic this season.
Playing in a variety of positions, including right-back and as a striker, Antonio remains the east London outfit’s top scorer with nine strikes in all competitions.
Now, he could return ahead of next week’s match, and will be looking to reach double figures against Arsene Wenger’s struggling Gunners.
The Hammers go into Saturday’s clash against Hull in a dismal run of form, losing their last three games and without a win in five.
Now in 12th place in the Premier League table, pressure is on Bilic to earn all three points against Marco Silva’s Hull before going up against the Gunners.
However, the return of Antonio will come as a huge boost as Bilic looks to field his strongest side for what will be a difficult test against the north London giants at the Emirates Stadium.
In other West Ham news, talks have been scheduled with this senior Hammers figure.