West Ham’s Marko Arnautovic has revealed that he has been suffering with a knee injury during the Hammers last two Premier League fixtures. The 29-year-old picked up the injury during West Ham’s 3-1 victory over Everton last month, and has been playing through the pain barrier in order to help the Hammers continue their run of positive results.
Marko Arnautovic has been a key figure for West Ham over the last two seasons, both on the pitch and in the dressing room. While the Austrian faced criticism from pundits and Hammers fans during his first few months at the club, he became something of a talisman towards the end of the last season, and has proved instrumental to West Ham’s success during the early stages of their 2018/19 campaign.
Indeed, having lost their opening four Premier League fixtures, West Ham have been magnificent over the last few weeks, beating the likes of Everton and Manchester United, and holding Chelsea to a 0-0 draw. One of the reasons behind the club’s sudden change in fortunes, is manager Manuel Pellegrini’s willingness to keep his faith in the Hammers new summer signings, with Felipe Anderson, Issa Diop, and Andrij Yarmolenko significantly stepping up in recent fixtures.
There has also been a fantastic response from many of West Ham’s other squad players, but few have showed such dedication as Marko Arnautovic, who earlier this week, admitted that he had refused to take time off to recover from a knee injury.
“The knee is not the best but I am fit and I can play. I’m not training a lot at West Ham to try and my knee calm.” said Arnautovic. “It is going to take some time as I have some inflammation in my bone but I am always ready to play on the weekend.
“After a game I need some rest for about two or three days. By the middle of the week I am training normally with the team, training in full.
“And on the weekend I can play, that is the most important thing. Obviously you can’t do anything on this bone bruise.
“You can’t change it you can’t do nothing, you just have to treat it well to settle it down but I can handle the pain so for me in the game I am 100 per cent fit,” he added. “I’m ready for every game. I’m ready for Northern Ireland and afterwards back at West Ham my focus will be on Tottenham.”