Date: 16th December 2019 at 10:24am
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winger Felipe Anderson looks set to return to the team against Crystal Palace on Boxing Day, according to Claret & Hugh.

The reliable Hammers news source claims that the Brazilian international missed out against the Eagles due to a spell of vomiting and general sickness.

However, the 26-year-old, who is on a reported £85,000-per-week [Source: Spotrac], is expected to make it back to full health ready for the game next Thursday.

There will be some who will likely see this news as something of a minor inconvenience. They’ll be hoping that manager Manuel Pellegrini sticks with the winning team and formation which beat Southampton on Saturday. That means sticking with a 4-4-2 formation with Michail Antonio and , and and Pablo Fornals out wide. However, Anderson’s return would threaten that, because he appears to be a real favourite of Pellegrini’s. Typically, if he is fit he starts for the east London outfit. Indeed, he’s started all 15 of games he has played in this campaign [Source: Transfermarkt]. So the former Lazio man is one of Pellegrini’s most trusted lieutenants, meaning it would be no shock to see the Chilean reinstate him in the starting line-up against Roy Hodgson’s side. Saturday’s game would suggest that isn’t the way to go, but we’ll have to wait and see what Pellegrini does.