Hammer of the Year Michail Antonio says his recovery is “going well” and he is looking forward to the start of the next season, speaking in an exclusive interview on whufc.com.
Antonio was ruled out for the remainder of last season after he suffered what was described as a ‘significant hamstring injury’ during a 1-0 win over Swansea at the London Stadium, but having signed a new four-year-deal with the club towards the end of the campaign, the 27-year-old says he cannot wait to get back to his best.
“The rehab is going well, I’m on schedule and where I want to be. I had a short break at the end of the season, but since then I’ve been back in at the training ground every day, working hard and trying to make sure everything is right.
“It’s been a lot of gym work, just to get the strength back in the hamstring and remove the scar tissue. That’s all progressing well and I’m raring to go for the new season.” said Antonio.
The winger come full-back who finished last season as the Hammers top scorer despite the injury amounting 9 goals in all competitions, hopes the club can improve on a difficult last campaign.
“Looking back at last season, I don’t think you can really call it a bad season. We finished eleventh, one point off eighth, which you can’t say is a bad season.
“This team has a lot of character. Despite people talking about relegation last season, we never believed that. We knew we had the quality in our squad to pull away from danger.
“But as a team, we want to progress and keep improving – that is our aim next season. We finished seventh the season before last, and that is what we should be looking towards again.”