It’s bad news injury news for Michail Antonio. Claret and Hugh has learned exclusively that the Hammers front man could be ruled out of action for up to three months following the injury received during the game between Jamaica and Canada writes Hughie Southon. It was at first thought that the Hammers No 9 had injured a hamstring but Claret and Hugh has learned exclusively this afternoon that in fact he has suffered ligament damage which, dependent on the grade, can take between three weeks to three months to heal – maybe longer in his case at 33 years of age!
What makes the situation worse is that we are told the player received the injury in the early stages of the match but played on for a further 15 minutes before disappearing down the tunnel for medical attention. And we understand too that should it be a Grade One tear can repair within three weeks, a moderate tear within four to six weeks and a Grade Three tear up to three months.
The injury still has to be properly diagnosed and it’s to be hoped that the damage is no more than a tweak and that hopefully the a striker’s decision to play on won’t have created more damage than was necessary. He will now be returning to London where the Hammers medics can take a good look at the problem and decide what next.