Hammers receive Anton boost

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West Ham United have been boosted by the news that Anton Ferdinand's hamstring strain is not as serious as first thought.

The East Londoners feared the centre back might miss the start of new Premiership season after pulling up during Saturday's pre-season friendly defeat to IFK Gothenburg.

The 21-year-old was forced to fly back to London from the club's pre-season tour of Sweden to have a precautionary scan and tests have shown his hamstring strain is only a minor one.

It will sideline Ferdinand for up to a fortnight, with the defender set to be back in training in the very near future.

"The injury is not as bad as we initially thought," Hammers' head physiotherapist Steve Allen told the club's official website.

"Anton is now back at Chadwell Heath [training ground] undergoing intensive physiotherapy, and we are looking forward to seeing him resume full training soon."