West Ham midfielder Michail Antonio took to Twitter yesterday to give the supporters an update on the injury he sustained in the 2-0 victory over Newport County last month.
Antonio tweeted: “Leg brace is off, time to smash recovery,” and it’s clear from the emojis and accompanying video that he is keen to attack his rehab hard.
His absence has left West Ham a little light in terms of backup options, especially up front where he has been pressed into action at times, but also out wide.
Many West Ham fans were excited about the positive update on Antonio’s fitness, although some were keen for him not to rush back in order to ensure he doesn’t suffer a setback.
It’s clear how much the supporters miss having Antonio in the squad – the Hammers may have more cultured players, but he provides pace, energy and resilience in abundance.
The Hammers will have to take on Manchester United without Antonio this weekend but he has moved a step closer to a return to the action.
Can't come soon enough! ⚒️
— ⚒Nicola⚒ (@PrettyBubbles65) September 20, 2019
All the best Michail, wishing you a speedy recovery 👍🏻
— Jay (@carpchat) September 20, 2019
Just get back and fast! Such a lack of forward running it's really apparent without you
— AJC (@AJ041987) September 20, 2019
Need you back in the squad ASAP big fella 🤛
— PODZODINIO (@AnyOldIron91) September 20, 2019
— Tim Beardwell (@TimBeardwell) September 20, 2019
Be back soon geez! 😎
— UK WHUFC (@Uk_Whufc) September 20, 2019
Hurry up, we need you back!
— nibs (@pjgrant77) September 20, 2019
Can't wait til you're back bro!
— Dom Hero Ellis ⚒️ (@DomHeroEllis) September 20, 2019
Take your time, do not rush. We need you back at 100%. Dont rush recovery and keep getting injured like 2 seasons ago.
Your keys to our team, dont fast track a return
— HALLERlujah (DC⭐ 2-0) (@HALLERlujah_) September 20, 2019
Sensibly of course. But hurry up 😛 COYI ⚒️
— Dean (@DAZ600) September 20, 2019
Good luck with your recovery, look forward to seeing you back playing in the Claret & Blue.
— William Field (@wilfield71) September 20, 2019
Great news @Michailantonio come back fitter and stronger.
— timothy (@timmypeirson) September 20, 2019
Great news, fella. Please don't rush it. We need you back soon, but for the long haul. '><'
— 🇮🇪🇮🇪🇮🇪PaddyNotPatty🇮🇪🇮🇪🇮🇪 (@JMorrisPhotog) September 20, 2019
Don't rush back big boy, come back stronger
— Billy Bonds Claret & Blue Army (@Smackit0) September 20, 2019
Take your time to make sure you are 100% fit when back. COYI! ⚒
— Dominic Vella (@DominicVella) September 20, 2019
We miss you ⚒
— Denise Hardy (@Denny2hammers) September 20, 2019
It’s go time michy the league ain’t ready be back by next month
— West Ham (@TheWestHamVault) September 20, 2019