David Moyes has made it very clear he will not be rushing Michail Antonio back into the starting XI.
The striker came off the bench against Southampton, playing the last 13 minutes in the 0-0 draw after a lengthy lay-off.
He missed five games in a row, against Manchester United, Leeds, Crystal Palace, Chelsea, and Brighton.
The Hammers only won one of them, and Moyes accepts that the Irons just aren’t the same without the three-goal ace.
As a result, he will not be dropping Antonio straight into the starting XI, as he looks to take care of the forward.
Speaking to reporters ahead of this week’s game against Everton, Moyes was asked about whether he was ready, and if the indicator would be one of his trademark sprints.
He said, referencing Southampton: “He had one down the far side and didn’t quite get there, but I thought the little bits he did when he came on he made a difference.
“But I’m probably going to have to drip him bit by bit, I’m not sure how much I can get into him.
“I’m loathe to lose him because if we lose him for a long period again? At the moment we’ve sort of muddled through, we’re just not quite the same without him in the team.”