The £70,000-a-week ace [Spotrac] has been sidelined with since August with a hamstring injury, but it is understood that he was able to take part in Manuel Pellegrini’s session yesterday.
This is fantastic news for the Irons. They have looked dull and flat in recent weeks, and their attack could certainly do with a shot in the arm. You would hope that Antonio can provide that. The forward doesn’t start every week, but when he does feature, he has a real habit of being impactful. Prior to his injury this term, he was averaging 3.6 shots, 2.1 successful dribbles, and 1.4 key passes per 90 minutes in the Premier League, as per Whoscored. And his all-round attacking presence makes him a handful for defences. Sebastien Haller has done well during his time in England so far, but it’s achingly clear that he could do with some help up top, and you would expect that Antonio is able to provide that. The Irons need to arrest their current slump, and the hope will be that the 29-year-old can help them do that.