West Ham's Antonio delivers fitness update ahead of Burnley clash

West Ham United's English midfielder Michail Antonio (L) misses with this headed attempt during the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Newcastle United at...

Michail Antonio has been in and out of the West Ham side of late due to injury.

Andre Ayew of Swansea City speaks with Michail Antonio of West Ham United following the Premier League match between Swansea City and West Ham United at Liberty Stadium on March 3, 2018 in...

West Ham United attacker Michail Antonio has told the club's official website that he is beginning to feel "sharper" after going four Premier League matches without picking up an injury.

The 27-year-old was sidelined for much of the winter period and January with a long-term calf problem that he picked up in the 3-2 loss to Newcastle United before Christmas, before finally returning at the start of February.

He has since featured in Premier League matches against Brighton and Hove Albion, Watford and Liverpool, before playing 45 minutes of the Hammers' 4-1 loss to Swansea City on Saturday.

Michail Antonio of West Ham United is tackled by Kyle Naughton of Swansea City during the Premier League match between Swansea City and West Ham United at Liberty Stadium on March 3, 2018...

The versatile attacker expressed his frustration at suffering little niggles throughout the season, but stated that he is fit once again as the Hammers prepare to face Burnley on Saturday at the London Stadium.

“I’m definitely starting to feel sharper,”Antonio said. “It’s taken a long time for me to get back to a point where I feel I can beat people and score goals, but my confidence is coming back.

"Hopefully I can help the team get out of the situation that we’re currently in. I’ve not really had the opportunity to get into my stride and be the same player I was in the previous two seasons, because every time I’ve got close to being myself again, I’ve picked up another niggle.

"It’s taken me half-a-season to get to a place where I feel comfortable and I feel good, so hopefully I can stay fit and sharp for the remainder of the season."

Antonio has managed to find the back of the net just three times this season in 19 Premier League games, but one of those strikes was against Swansea on Saturday.

Now, the Hammers will come up against a side known for their defensive organisation in Burnley, as Moyes looks for his side to get back to winning ways with the Hammers sitting only three points in front of the relegation zone.

Antonio's fitness update will come as a huge boost to Moyes, with Sam Byram and Winston Reid being ruled out for the rest of the season earlier this week. The duo join Andy Carroll, Pedro Obiang and Edimilson Fernandes in the treatment room.

 

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