Antonio sets sights on November derby day return


Michail Antonio is half way through his own target of making a full first team return.

Having sustained a hamstring injury on August 27 at Newport, the original prediction for a return was December but that took no account of the player’s incredible determination.

He has made it clear to those close to him that he will beat any prediction by around a month if it has anything to do with him.

And should he be correct that would put him in line fora squad place againstĀ  Spurs at the London Stadium on November 23 or awa at Chelsea on the 30th.

As reported here, Mikey is now jogging and hard at work in the gym having drawn up his own schedules to ensure that he’s back in action n double quick time.

A club source told us on the ‘phone: “With most players you tend to believe everything the medics say but Michail is among the most determined athletes you will ever meet.

“He’s doing really well physically and, mentally, as you would expect, is entirely positive. It will surprise nobody if he’s back by the end of November.”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • Tony Pezzolesi says:

    Please don’t let him rush himself back. Hamstrings are notoriously to assess and the way Antonio plays (and with his history of hamstring problems) he will always be a candidate for it to happen again. Let the medics decide

  • Simon says:

    Love the passion Antonio. But take your time, and come back strong. Oh, how we can do with your passion, determination and goals right now. But rather strong and long …God bless, son.

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