By Dean White

20th Nov, 2020 | 11:24am

Moyes shares update on Antonio & Ogbonna ahead of West Ham clash v Sheffield Utd

Michail Antonio remains a doubt for West Ham ahead of their clash against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Sunday, David Moyes has confirmed.

Antonio, 30, has missed the Hammers’ last two Premier League fixtures with a hamstring injury but the London Evening Standard reported earlier this week that the forward is ahead of schedule in his recovery and could be involved against the Blades this weekend.

However, West Ham manager Moyes is still unsure of whether or not Antonio will be available but has confirmed the ex-Nottingham Forest ace has returned to training.

Speaking on Friday ahead of the trip to Yorkshire, Moyes told West Ham’s official website: “Michail is back training and we’ve got a couple of days yet to see how he is.

“The truth is I can’t give you a complete answer [as to whether he’ll be available on Sunday], but he’s getting much closer that’s for sure.”

Angelo Ogbonna was also a doubt for the trip to Sheffield United after he went off injured in the 1-0 win over Fulham in the last match before the international break.

However, the Italian centre-back should be fit to play this week, according to Moyes.

“Angelo Ogbonna had a problem at the start of the week, but we think he’s fine now and they are the main two really,” the Irons boss added.

Antonio and Ogbonna have both been crucial for West Ham this season but Moyes’ side has proven they are capable of winning matches without Antonio.

The same cannot be said for games without Ogbonna.

The 32-year-old has started all eight of West Ham’s matches this term, playing every minute until he was forced off against Fulham.

Moyes has found a really good system that involves using a back-three of Ogbonna, Fabian Balbuena and Aaron Cresswell and we really don’t want to see that changed this weekend at Bramall Lane.

However, Sheffield United’s attack has been pretty woeful this season with the Yorkshire club scoring just one of their four goals from open play, with two of them coming from the penalty spot.

We have full faith in the Hammers being able to repel anything the Blades throw forward if Moyes is able to name the same back-three he has been able to for the last couple of months.

In other West Ham news, Mark Lawrenson has predicted the score for the clash with Sheffield United.