Hammers ‘fab four’ ready for United debuts


arnau1Chicharito, Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaleta and Marko Arnautovic are all set for their Hammers debuts at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Slaven Bilic – in giving the news – added that Michail Antonio, Manuel Lanzini, Cheikhou Kouyate, Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho still working their way back to fitness.

He said: “Most of the injuries we have now are from last season. Michail was injured against Swansea in April and the plan was for him to miss a couple of games because he had an operation, it was not just an injury but a big one.

“He was prepared to miss a couple of games and was and is ahead of schedule. He’s a good healer, strong, mentally strong, a hard worker and a bit of a monster also, physically!

zab“So, the fact is he is ahead so he’s playing on Friday night for the U23s  but he has been in training with us since Monday, he is playing tonight and he should be in the squad, at least, for the game against Southampton. That was planned.

“Andy is a bit further behind but not a lot. At one stage in the pre-season or even last year, he was way behind but now it looks better. He is training individually, still, but he is basically doing all the movements with the ball and all that. If it continues like this, he should train with us next Wednesday.

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  • Lazurus. rises like a salmon says:

    Why waste you’re breath talking about the poppodom ??

  • Lazurus. rises like a salmon says:

    If sakho came through the spuds game OK then why isn’t he being quoted a return date ?
    Why isn’t he playing tonight ? If not is he going up to the mancs ? Poppodom walks on water evidently ! Even when training alone after 5 months on the lash!! He must have evidence of them in a Jenna vid and gets it out and waves it at them every 6 months 😂😂

  • JRS says:

    Not sure Hart has had enought training and hasn’t shown he earns spot above Adrian. I think Adrian should start it should be his to lose and will play with a lot to.proof and will akso discourage anymore bids that could tempt him. Even tho he said he was staying to fight for his spot shows character but has to be true what Bilic said Hart has to Earn it. So Adrian’s to loose for me

  • Lazurus. rises like a salmon says:

    Bilic said that sakho is good but not match fit ? What ?? I think he’s running out of excuses where sakho is concerned , as I said above ?? Does not make sense ?😕

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