David Moyes has suggested that Michail Antonio could return to the West Ham United setup for Saturday’s Premier League visit to Brighton & Hove Albion.
The winger missed the draw against Crystal Palace on Tuesday, with his manager revealing post match that he had been omitted as a punishment for being late to a number of team meetings.
Addressing the media before the trip to face the Seagulls, Moyes also gave updates on the fitness of Winston Reid and Jose Fonte, the latter of whom was named on the bench for the clash with the Eagles.
“We hope Antonio will have a chance of being available,” the Scot told his pre-match press conference, as reported by the club’s official website.
“Winston Reid is coming on a bit. Jose Fonte could do with a couple of reserve games, but he’s training, and we need all the numbers we can.”
Moyes has seen his squad depleted by injuries in recent weeks and admitted that the number of absentees had an effect on his transfer plans during the January window.
Striker Jordan Hugill was bought in from Preston North End on deadline day and his new boss confirmed that the 25-year-old was ‘ready’ to make the step up to Premier League level, hinting that he could feature this weekend.
Whilst Moyes also added playmaker Joao Mario on loan from Inter Milan for the remainder of the season, he confessed that late pursuits of Leander Dendoncker of Anderlecht and Lille captain Ibrahim Amadou to further strengthen the midfield ‘didn’t come off’.
The Hammers battled to a cagey draw with Palace earlier this week and will hope to go one better against another relegation rival on Saturday.
Brighton have not won in the league since before Christmas and if the Irons can take all three points at the Amex Stadium it will be a big boost to their survival chances.