Date: 18th August 2019 at 11:00am
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West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini is hopeful of having Sebastien Haller and Felipe Anderson back in time to face Watford next weekend.

The influential duo both missed out on the Hammers’ 1-1 draw with Brighton on Saturday, with Javier Hernandez in hand to rescue a point for the Irons.

But Pellegrini has given an optimistic update on the pair.

As quoted by Football.London, he said: “I hope that both of them will be back next week, Sebastien Haller and Felipe Anderson.”

OPINION

Being without Haller and Anderson was always going to be a blow for the Hammers. The Brazilian is consistently their most dangerous player, while the Frenchman impressed in flashes against Manchester City last weekend. It’s good news that Pellegrini is feeling this optimistic about their chances of returning next weekend, and Anderson in particular should bring a new dimension to their play. Last season, he managed 2.1 successful dribble and 1.8 key passes per match for the Hammers, as per Whoscored, and his trickery and eye for a pass made him one of the most important talents at his manager’s disposal. West Ham will be desperate to register their first won of the season next weekend, and that’s going to be a lot easier with Anderson pulling the strings.