David Moyes has confirmed that Michail Antonio is back with the first-team and in contention to start against Villa – as revealed here yesterday.
The striker has been struggling with a hamstring injury but according to the manager is looking in reasonable shape after missing the game against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane last weekend..
He has returned to training this week ahead of Monday’s clash with Aston Vill and as we revealed earlier this week looks all set to play a role against the midlands outfit.
It remains to be seen if the 30-year-old will be thrown straight back in, especially given the improved form of Seb Haller but that looks the most likely scenario with Moyes not a manager known for throwing in previously injired players as soon as they are available..
Moyes has been pleased with the form of the Frenchman, and he stopped short of confirming that Antonio would play, instead praising the depth he has available to him in his squad.
Speaking to reporters on Friday, he said: “He’s joined in training a couple of days.
“We’re trying to see how he is. It’s just great to get him back out on the training pitch with us at the moment.
“We want competition for places and I think we’ve got that now. Hopefully, when he gets that opportunity we’ll be ready, but we’ve got good competition for places at the moment.”
Antonio has not played for the Irons since scoring in the 1-1 draw with Manchester City.