Slaven Bilic has ruled Michail Antonio out of the match at Wembley tomorrow night (Wed) despite the player’s official website declaration that he was so looking forward to playing at Wembley.
Updating the fitness situation Bilic said: “We have Andy Carroll back in the squad. Michail Antonio will definitely be out tomorrow because he had a knock on his ribs in the first half against Brighton, but managed to play. It’s very painful, so he’ll be out.
“Then there are only Collins and Sakho, who start to train with us for the first time today.
Bilic is ready to field a strong team with Mark Noble, midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate and Marko Arnautovic likely to start as was the case against Bolton.
The manager said: ““Some of them it’s my third season and for the new players, I was involved in them coming to the club and I rate them very highly. It’s a big part of my job to demand them to play better, and to help them to hit the form we want them to hit.
“We all have the same aim and same goal, both tomorrow and for the season. It’s my job to help them and definitely to lead them.”
Perhaps saying he was looking forward to playing in the game was only to distinguish himself from the rats who don’t want to play for us.