West Ham have suffered a devastating blow with Michail Antonio dealing with not less than a month on the sidelines.
The Hammers’ key man suffered a hamstring damage in final weekend’s 1-1 draw with Manchester City and scans have proven it’s worse than first feared.
David Moyes is now braced to be with out one in all his most influential gamers for a prolonged spell, beginning with Saturday’s journey to Premier League champions Liverpool.
The versatile 30-year-old has been in excellent type in a central ahead position since soccer returned in June, following a 100-day hiatus, scoring 11 targets in 13 video games.
This season he has performed a key position, netting thrice in six Premier League appearances because the Hammers have taken many without warning with their spectacular performances.
Moyes’ aspect have had a troublesome run of fixtures to start out the marketing campaign however have picked up eight factors and improved significantly in current weeks.
After shedding their opening two video games to Newcastle and Arsenal, West Ham beat Wolves and Leicester and drew with Tottenham and Man City.
Moyes underlined simply how necessary Antonio was whereas talking to talkSPORT after the draw with Man City on Saturday, through which he scored his third of the marketing campaign.
He mentioned: “It was a terrific aim. Micky (Antonio) has grow to be so necessary, a bit like Marko Arnautovic was a few years in the past after we had been right here.
“We wanted any individual to get us targets and play up entrance in a option to get us up the pitch. Micky can try this as a result of he’s highly effective and fast.
“We’ve obtained to hope the damage isn’t too critical as a result of he’s a very good participant and he’s doing nice.”
It’s, nevertheless, extra critical than first feared and Antonio will absent for his or her match towards Premier League champions Liverpool on Saturday, in addition to a number of different upcoming fixtures.
You’ll be able to take heed to Liverpool vs West Ham this Saturday dwell on talkSPORT, kick off 5.30pm