West Ham winger Andriy Yarmolenko played 45 minutes in the 3-2 friendly win against SCR Altach yesterday.
The Ukrainian international has been sidelined since October after rupturing his Achilles tendon against Tottenham but he is now building up his fitness ahead of the new season.
Supporters on Twitter are delighted to see Yarmolenko back on the pitch:
Gonna be like a new Signing next season
— Louie Russo Brownlie (@louie_westham) July 12, 2019
Could be a very important player for us this year!
— 30secondstomark (@marksims94) July 12, 2019
Our number 7⚒
— ウェストハム⚒🇯🇵ファンゾーン (@WHUFCJPNFans) July 12, 2019
Very, pray he stays fit
— Dave ⚒ (@DavidPa47484121) July 12, 2019
Did enough to show how valuable he will be this season ⚒️
— ToneHammer⚒️ (@tone_hammer) July 12, 2019
Was awesome!! ⚒
— ⚒IronHammer⚒ (@ClaretnBlueLife) July 12, 2019
Was an exciting signing for west ham, too bad he got injured. I'm sure he'll get back to his best soon
— N lad (@n_ladCFC) July 12, 2019
— Adam Rowland (@rowland_whufc) July 12, 2019
Agree. Seeing him play seems like a new signing. COYI
— Roger Barden (@ElCampello) July 12, 2019
The 29-year-old will have a battle on his hands for his place on the right-wing this campaign. In addition to Michail Antonio and Robert Snodgrass, new signing Pablo Fornals can also play in the position.
Yarmolenko’s direct running and his threat from long range with his lethal left-foot will, however, give manager Manuel Pellegrini a different attacking option if he needs it.
The Ukrainian had just got into form before his season was cruelly cut short by injury last year, scoring a brace against Everton in September, as well as an assist in the 3-1 win versus Manchester United.