Evening Standard update on West Ham midfield trio, playmaker out of clash v Southampton
By Aramide Oladipo
West Ham United playmaker Manuel Lanzini has been ruled out of this weekend’s Premier League match, according to a report.
The Evening Standard claims that the 24-year-old will miss the visit to St Mary’s as the Hammers take on Southampton on Saturday afternoon due to a leg injury and he is set to return to full training next week.
However, the newspaper reports that there is good news for West Ham as midfielders Michail Antonio and Cheikhou Kouyate have returned to action with the latter expected to be fit enough to make the substitutes bench this weekend.
Antonio picked up a hamstring injury in the latter stages of last season and he has not featured for the Hammers since the 1-0 home victory against Swansea City in April.
The winger made his comeback and managed to play more than 70 minutes for the club’s Under-23 team last Friday night.
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The Englishman enjoyed a wonderful campaign for the East London club last season, finishing as the top goalscorer with nine goals to his name.
Kouyate suffered a knee injury during pre-season and manager Slaven Bilic will be delighted that he is back after revealing to the Daily Mirror that the midfielder would miss the opening three matches last month.
West Ham will look to bounce back from their opening day defeat as they lost 4-0 to Manchester United at Old Trafford.
In other West Ham news, Bilic has confirmed that he wanted to sign Everton’s new striker.