West Ham aren’t likely to see Michail Antonio return to action before the end of the current season.
What’s the latest?
That’s according to the reliable ExWHUemployee, who provided a worrying update on the 31-year-old forward to supporters on Twitter this weekend.
In response to one question over the Hammers’ injured quartet, of which both Declan Rice and Aaron Cresswell are included, he revealed that most are due back but there are doubts over Antonio.
Yes I think so! Only one I doubt is Antonio https://t.co/qQ2UbaYjTa
— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) April 24, 2021
Can West Ham make Europe without Antonio?
Not a chance!
The £10.8m-rated attacker picked up a hamstring problem after limping off in the win over Wolves earlier this month. The Guardian quickly revealed that it was worse than first feared and that he could miss the rest of the season.
Now, Ex’s latest update issues further concern over the chances of seeing Antonio back in action and this comes as a devastating blow to David Moyes and the Irons.
The 5 foot 11 dynamo is his only recognised striker after the club failed to sign a replacement for Sebastien Haller, who departed for Ajax after just 18 months in East London.
Antonio has been a crucial part of the Hammers’ squad and their impressive season this far. And with the side pushing for European qualification, not having their only forward available is damaging to the chances of pulling off something quite sensational.
The former Forest star has scored seven goals and has provided five assists this term, a feat only bettered by Manchester United loanee Jesse Lingard, Tomas Soucek, and Jarrod Bowen, as per WhoScored.
Speaking on BT Sport back in February, former West Ham midfielder Joe Cole waxed lyrical about Antonio, he said: “I praise him [Moyes] and his staff a lot for the coaching of Antonio. He’s an unbelievable player now.” (Saturday 27th February, 12:04pm).
But Moyes cannot rely on him for more than 20 to 25 matches a season. As an explosive sort of player, he relies on his power and that’s been severely impacted by these recurring hamstring problems.
He was sorely missed against Newcastle and Chelsea, and is exactly the type of star they’ll need against Burnley next week.
This latest news will surely have Moyes and the rest of the Irons faithful gutted.