West Ham have suffered a crushing blow with Michail Antonio going through not less than a month on the sidelines.
The Hammers’ high scorer 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 among 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 after a 100-day hiatus, scoring 11 targets in 13 video games.
This season he has performed a key position, netting 3 times in six Premier League appearances because the Hammers have taken many without warning with their spectacular performances.
Moyes’ facet have had a tricky begin 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 vital Antonio was whereas talking to talkSPORT after the draw with Man City on Saturday.
He mentioned: “It was an incredible objective. Micky (Antonio) has turn out to be so vital, 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 strategy to get us up the pitch. Micky can do this as a result of he’s highly effective and fast.
“We’ve obtained to hope the damage isn’t too severe as a result of he’s a extremely good participant and he’s doing nice.”
It’s, nonetheless, extra severe than first feared and Antonio will absent for his or her match in opposition to Premier League champions Liverpool on Saturday, in addition to a number of different upcoming fixtures.
You possibly can take heed to Liverpool vs West Han stay on talkSPORT with kick-off at 5.30pm.