Bilic gets big boost

A Lanzini C&H


Slaven Bilic has delivered a happy confirmation that Michail Antonio is back for the game against Saints this weekend.

Speaking at his pre-match presser he said: “He has been with us for two-and-a-half weeks now. He did 90 minutes on a big pitch in the Under-23s and then he came back to train with us and he looks good and he looks ready.”

However, the game has come a week too soon for Cheikhou Kouyate and Andy Carroll but both are back in full training and set for a return at Newcastle next weekend.

The manager said: ““On Wednesday, Cheikhou and Andy started to train with us, so they have done a couple of sessions.

“We are going to see with them because both of them, especially Andy, had a long lay-off. Andy was out since April and Cheikhou had a few weeks off, as his injury basically happened in our first pre-season training session in Austria.”

And he said Manu Lanzini (pictured above) is training individually adding: “He is joining us on Monday, so we are going to have a full squad back for the Newcastle game.

“We will have Mikey back 100 per cent for this game [at Southampton], but for Cheikhou and for Andy, it’s a bit too early, I think.”



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2 comments on “Bilic gets big boost

  1. If Lanzini can train Monday he can sit on the bench sat. I’m not liking this absence and lack of info about his injury

    • Agree it was a knock at first and would start league but not finish preseason. I have said and hate to say it but I think his ‘Injury’ will be just fine when window closes. Not 100% but see it all the time.
      And Antonio looked sluggish in 2nd half of PL2 game just hope he is really 100% don’t want to rush him back in and get hurt worse… Been there.
      But need a win this weekend Bilic especially.
      Hopefully Rice will get a start as well either in mid or in back 3. Think 3-4-3 would suit us best.

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