West Ham given huge injury boost with David Moyes pushing for four players to return against Burnley

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West Ham boss David Moyes has suggested that Michail Antonio could be in line to return from injury against Burnley on Monday, well ahead of schedule.

There had been fears that the striker may not return until the final game or two of the season after he was forced off against Wolves earlier this month with yet another hamstring problem.

Antonio has recovered well and, while the 31-year-old is still to be assessed, Moyes would not rule him out of the visit to Turf Moor, while adding that Declan Rice, Aaron Cresswell and Arthur Masuaku could all make their respective returns from injury.

“He is working with the physios and on the grass,” Moyes said of Antonio. “I wouldn’t rule him out yet but I don’t want to rule him in either. Let’s hope that he’s got a chance.

“We’ve got Aaron Cresswell, Declan Rice and Arthur [Masuaku] out. We’ve had a few out so we’re trying to get them all back [for Burnley] if we can.”

West Ham's Champions League tilt has suffered through the loss of such key personnel all at once, with Jarrod Bowen and Jesse Lingard having to deputise through the middle for Antonio.

Angelo Ogbonna also missed a number of games and the Italian's return has not helped as much as Moyes would have liked at the back.

West Ham have conceded eight goals in their last four games, but Moyes has a simple explanation.

“Mostly it is not having Declan Rice,” said Moyes. “He’s not a bad player. He played in the game where we drew three each against Arsenal but he is incredibly important.”

The Hammers sit three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea as they look to break into the Champions League for the first time in the club's history.

Thomas Tuchel's side face London rivals Fulham on Saturday, meaning they can open up a six point gap well before West Ham have played.

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