The final international break of 2020 has come to an end and West Ham can concentrate fully on domestic matters until March.
Moyes spoke about his players’ fitness, a key midfielder, and the ongoing issue around the five-substitutes rule.
Here are the key points from the Irons boss…
On Michail Antonio:
“He’s back doing training. We’ve got a couple of days yet to see how he is. The truth is I couldn’t give you a complete answer, but he’s getting much closer that’s for sure. What he has done in the last few months, his form has been so good. He’s a physical presence, really important.”
On his team’s momentum:
“We want to keep our form up and keep playing the way we’re playing. We’ve been creating a lot of chances and we want to keep that going.”
On Sheffield United:
“They’ve had a very similar run of games to us at the start of the season. They’ve also had a couple of injuries to key players. They’ve got a really good manager and a good group of players who have been around together for a long time, and that will make them strong which they can use as the season goes on.”
On Declan Rice:
“He’s maturing. He’s picking up from good people, like Mark Noble. I think from Declan’s point of view it’s continuing to learn – see what good leaders look like. We’re trying to get him to take more leadership, more responsibility, and he’s certainly doing that.”
On five-substitutions rule:
“It’s a conversation which we’ve heard a lot about recently. My opinion was that we should just have three subs because I felt it would help the sides with the bigger squads and budgets, but what I didn’t foresee was the amount of injuries.”
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No word on Andriy Yarmolenko but it’s almost a given the Ukrainian will be unavailable for Sunday.
Reports have suggested Antonio will undergo a fitness test before the match and that will determine how much, or whether at all, the 30-year-old can be involved.