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Michail Antonio passed fit for West Ham as Lingard tipped for first Hammers appearance

Michail Antonio passed fit for West Ham as Lingard tipped for first Hammers appearance

Antonio fit to play

David Moyes has been speaking ahead of West Ham’s game against Aston Villa tomorrow in what could prove to be a pivotal fixture for both teams who have enjoyed stellar starts to the campaign continuing into the second half of the season.

West Ham currently sit 5th in the Premier League with their Villa Park opponents 9th, but with a significant number of games in hand over the teams above them. Villa experienced a Covid-19 outbreak earlier in the season which cost them several fixtures which are to be rearranged.

Despite the confident position in the table and intense match scheduling, West Ham’s bill of health is good and David Moyes has confirmed that his side are all but perfect ahead of the game.

“Everything is ok,” Moyes said. “There are a couple of knocks and niggles which we’ll look at this morning but in general everything is ok. Michail Antonio is ok too with his fitness. We’re pleased he’s come through the recent games well.”

Antonio has been a key figure for the Scottish coach and is an integral piece of the attacking side which has overcome many hurdles this campaign.

Lingard set for debut

Not only is the squad healthy but it has also been reinforced by the loan signing of Jesse Lingard from Manchester United this January. The England international has fallen down the pecking order after the signings of Bruno Fernandes and Donny van de Beek.

Formerly an England regular, with the European Championships on the horizon, Lingard will want to get as many minutes as possible under his belt to place himself in contention for Gareth Southgate’s squad – no matter how slim of a chance he currently has.

David Moyes confirmed that Lingard would be ‘in and around the squad’ and could have a good chance to play against Villa.

“Jesse’s fitness levels are fine. He’s a lean boy and doesn’t carry any weight so he’s in good shape.”

Michail Antonio passed fit for West Ham as Lingard tipped for first Hammers appearance

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, RUSSIA – JUNE 24: Jesse Lingard of England celebrates after scoring his team’s third goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group G match between England and Panama at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on June 24, 2018 in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

“More than anything it’s making sure he’s match ready to play and you only get that by playing matches. We’ll have him in and around the squad tomorrow,” he said.

Lingard will add further attacking might to a side which already contains some impressive attacking talent such as Jarrod Bowen, Said Benrahma and Pablo Fornals.

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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