Pellegrini: West Ham star Arnautovic fine for Tottenham clash

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West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini says Marko Arnautovic has fully recovered from his recent knee problem and will be available for this weekend’s derby against Tottenham.

The Austria forward was nursing the injury prior to the international break but has been training fully and the problem appears to be over.

However, speaking at a press conference on Thursday afternoon, Pellegrini said the player would continue to be monitored carefully.

He said: “Marko is okay. When he returned from internationals he worked with the squad without any problems. We must be careful about his knee but it is okay for him to play.”

A defeat at Brighton in their last match was a big blow for the Hammers, who had bounced back from a dismal start under Pellegrini by winning two of the previous three matches and drawing with Chelsea in the other.

But Pellegrini is hopeful they can return to the form they showed in those victories against Everton and Manchester United.

“We know it’s important to try and recover points as quickly as we can,” he said.

“We have played eight games and perhaps we don’t have the points we wanted or deserved. Now we have a chance to add more.

“I think we were very unlucky not to take something from Brighton, but if you don’t score the chances you have you normally lose the game. We hope to improve that this weekend.”




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