Marko Arnautovic is the man-of-the-moment at West Ham.
Four goals in seven Premier League appearances, and many Hammers fans are offering nightly prayers for the fitness of the colossal Austrian.
The striker is struggling with various ailments at present, and an interview with Sky Sports has revealed the extent to which Arnautovic is having to play through gritted teeth.
The 29-year-old said:
I’ve got some inflammation on the [knee] bone, but I’m always ready to play, so that’s the most important thing.
You can’t do anything on this bone bruise. You can’t change it… you just have to settle it down, but I can handle the pain.
In the game, I am 100% fit.
Encouraging words for the Irons faithful, even if it means their talisman is carrying an injury. A diabolical start to the season has sparked into life at the London Stadium, with Manuel Pellegrini’s squad suffering their first defeat since that start at Brighton on Friday night.
Nevertheless, the Chilean has brought huge cause for optimism to East London.