By Peter Lynch

20th Nov, 2023 | 5:40pm

Time for Danny Ings to be a hero on emotional return amid double West Ham United injury blow

West Ham United have endured a pretty torrid international break so far, with David Moyes losing two of his key players.

As per The Standard (20 November), both Jarrod Bowen and Michail Antonio have returned to East London after their breaks were cut short due to injury.

The former returned to Rush Green after a knee issue ruled him out of contention for England against North Macedonia on Monday (20 November), while the latter limped off during Jamaica’s clash with Canada on Saturday (18 November).

Both players have featured heavily under Moyes this season, and were certain to be involved from the start against Burnley on Saturday (25 November).

But the man in the dugout might need to turn elsewhere when it comes to filling the striker spot in his starting XI for that trip to Turf Moor.

The Scot could look to youngsters Divin Mubama and Callum Marshall, but it is perhaps a wiser decision to hand outcast Danny Ings his first Premier League start this season.

The 31-year-old has been handed just 68 minutes of league action by Moyes, failing to score in those eight appearances.

But it may just be written in the stars that he nets his first goal of the entire season at Turf Moor, a stadium in which he was once worshipped by the home supporters.

The striker found the back of the net 43 times from his 130 Burnley appearances between 2011 and 2015, and now has the potential to be the hero for his current club and upset those very same fans who previously adored him.

In other West Ham news, a report has shared how Hammers insiders feel about a European ace, with a January transfer on the cards.