Manu Lanzini Wins Fitness Battle Super Mario Can't Wait!

In what will come as wonderful news and a considerable relief for West Ham United manager and current saviour David Moyes, Manuel Lanzini has declared that he will be ready and able if selected to play Hammers next fixture against Liverpool at Anfield on the 24th of February. Lanzini has been recovering from a serious hamstring injury that he acquired during the 1-1 draw against Bournemouth, but encouragingly he has taken to social media to declare his fitness, he has also confided with his team mates, most noticeably goal keeper Adrian San Miguel, about how well his recovery has gone.

The little Argentine's recovery will however now throw up a selection problem or two for his manager, 'Super Mario', on loan from Inter Milan, has flourished since arriving at the London Stadium during the January transfer window and has slotted in to the team seamlessly, but maybe he will have to be the one to make way? This would be a pity given how well João Mario has managed to integrate with his new team, losing the inertia of his arrival could prove to be costly to Hammers avoiding relegation campaign, it is a selection headache for Moyes but one that shows the crippling injury list might finally be dwindling.

Marko Arnautovic returned to the West Ham starting line up for the 2-0 win over Watford last weekend and put in a fine display of style and grit culminating with his sharply taken goal, the opportunity to link up with Lanzini is a prospect 'Elbows' is licking his lips at, the pair had been on fire prior to their respective injuries and it is to be hoped they can pick up where they left off.

Adrian has revealed that "the little jewel' Manuel Lanzini is "ready to come back" after nearly a month out with his hamstring injury. Speaking to the Hammers official website about the combination of Arnoutovic and Lanzini, the Spaniard said: "Marko is a great player, everyone knows that, and you absolutely miss this kind of player [when he is out injured] and you have to adapt and work in a different way, but now we have Marko back and Manu [Lanzini] is ready to come to the team. "We hope all the injured players will come back as soon as possible and we can work all together until the end."

Lanzini's availability is a massive boost for beleaguered Hammers supporters, but someone somwhere's joy will be tinged with the reality that they will not be getting nearly as much game time as they recently had, but who will it be, and more importantly how will they take the news?

That's Moyes' problem, but not a bad one to have! - Ed

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Essexhammer's picture

I can't see why Moyes cannot play with two creative midfielders in the side ,if they can pull their weight defending as a team.The thought of Antonio,Masuaku,Mario,Lanzini providing the ammunition for Hernandez and Arnautovic is something to get excited about...

If Moyes goes with three at the back ,the side desperately needs a quality holding midfielder like Cavahlo,don't think what we have in Kouyate,Obiang and Noble are up to the job.But against Liverpool coming up don't think Moyes will risk experimenting with the side,he will stick two midfielders in there,Noble and Kouyate.

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Dicks is the man's picture

I think mario will/can replace noble or kouyate leaving lanzini to go back into the att mid role.

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Burkie 1's picture

Well, this is my 'other self' seeing how my comments appear! (actually it is a test from the Org!)

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moore 6 legend's picture

Nice pic burkie,should have rotated the pic before uploading mate,i see that's our molly bless her,a king Charlie,what the name and breed of the other one.

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Burkie 1's picture

Scruffy 6 ,she's a Heinz 57 and we're mad about her totally abused ,the bastards even put cigarette buts out on her ears shes fine now though a little nervous still

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nevillenixon's picture

By the wonders of 'big brother' pic has now rotated!

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moore 6 legend's picture

Just the job nev,well what evil bastards burkie,some people just need putting down mate!

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Burkie 1's picture

I know mate ,id like just one run at them

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yep pure evil anyone who can do that to a dog...we lost ours just before xmas,very sad -16 years old she was,part of the family...

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Burkie 1's picture

Thats the problem 65 ,you become so attached to them they ask for nothing only.a bit of food and water and in return they give you unconditional. Love ,sorry to hear you lost her 16 years is a long time ,im guessing now but was she a Jack Russel ?

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Burkie 1

She was indeed burkie.Had a great life though & we couldnt have asked for a better Dog...

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Dicks is the man's picture

I had a rescue jack russell. some sod tried to drown her in a river. lived a good second life but died at 8 from kidney problems. I've got a host of dogs and cats and others at the moment, all either rescued or in need.

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Burkie 1's picture

Aw dicksy never had you down for a compassionate animal lover good on ya mate

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Good for you mate

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moore 6 legend's picture

Nice 1 dicksy,the real ace ventura mate,come to me jungle friends.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dghdom2w-Vg

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Burkie 1's picture

Final test

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Dicks is the man's picture

ah, who let Burkie back in?

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Burkie 1's picture

Shadup dicksy you know you love me

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andycarrollstyle's picture

Liverpool will be very dangerous - expect Mane and Salah to be tearing our defence apart with their pace and finishing... perhaps we should just have all our attacking options on the pitch to take the initiative and bring the game to them

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nevillenixon's picture

Bring it on, Manu, Elbows, Chico, Super Mario and the rest of the team can give the Pool a run for their money if they start on the front foot.

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Dicks is the man's picture

thats the spirit. we'll destroy them.

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moore 6 legend's picture

I do hope so boys!

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Burkie 1's picture

Bit suspect isn't it Lanz fit to face liverpool when they were lookin for him tree months ago

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moore 6 legend's picture

Hope he gets the winner burkie,lifts up his shirt with the slogan,not for sale bin-dippers;)

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moore2come's picture

Yep, they stole Berkovic from us, need the board to tell em to get back to what they do best, missing the top 4 and stealing hubcaps!

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Burkie 1's picture

And spitting all over your face when they talk to you

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Dicks is the man's picture

benayoun?

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moore2come's picture

yep, that was him. Preferred Berkovic!!!

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Dicks is the man's picture

aye, he woz good till Hartson took his head off.

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Burkie 1's picture

Where did HE go ?

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moore2come's picture

We sold him to Celtic. Should have got rid of Hartson instead. Probably ended up back is Israel

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Dicks is the man's picture

yeah harry sold hartson soon after to wimbledon i recall. revolving door under arry. had a great squad yet he and the board were only interested in selling.

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moore 6 legend's picture

Great news,what a nice headache for moyes.

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albyforeverirons.'s picture

If Moyes goes for Zabs, Collins and Oggy at the back I would put Cresswell and Lanzini Kouyate and Mario with Antonio, Chico and Annie up front. The back three have been doing a good job for us and deserve to stay there. With Cresswell and Kouyate helping them they might hold there own but our tactics would be the counter attack and for me it would be exciting to see our front three being supplied by Lanzini on one side and Mario on the other.

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asheshammer's picture

Sorry for Nobes -- it leaves him hung out to dry, and he often plays well against Liverpool. But I do think if we are even going to get a draw, we have to first put some fear into them on the counterattack, so they play off the back foot, and then bloody their nose with a good goal from a set piece. I think it is likely that Moyes will go defensive, and keeps Manu on the bench until 60 minutes. But let's see how it pans out.

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I agree with both of you. That side would give the Pool a right head scratcher. Klopp would not be expecting that. Its time to shake things up a bit and who knows we might even win.

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plaistow-man's picture

Could drop Antonio to the bench as he has been off the boil lately?

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Burkie 1's picture

I think the very same plaistow in fact ive never been that bigger fan ,i know he has shown some brilliant moves but as you say hes gone right off lately

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