David Moyes insists Michail Antonio’s injury may not be serious although he’s concerned that the player is feeling a twinge in his hamstring..
The West Ham striker was substituted during the 1-1 draw with Manchester City on Saturday, coming off immediately after Phil Foden had equalised for the visitors.
Antonio scored the opening goal of the game, a brilliant overhead kick from inside the box, and was perhaps unlucky not to win a penalty in the first half as he was brought down in the box when through on goal.
Moyes has now explained that the forward felt some cramp and was subsequently taken off as a precaution, though the Irons are yet to discover whether there is more to the potential injury.
Speaking after the game, the Scot expressed his hope that the 30-year-old will not be on the sidelines for too long.
As reported by BBC Sport, he said: “He just felt it. I don’t think he’s too bad, maybe a bit of cramping. He’s a key figure for us and I hope it’s not bad.
“He has become really important to the team here. Most football clubs need a really good number nine and we have one at the moment.”
” We had to bring him off against Spurs with something a wee bit the same. He’s just feeling something a little bit in his hamstring. We think he feels it’s just cramping so it’s not serious, but we’re not too sure.
Obviously, it’s worrying me that it’s two games in a row that he’s felt it. He’s really important to us so we’re going to have to do the right thing and try and look after him when we can and it might be the odd time we’re not able to use him.”
The Hammers face Liverpool next weekend; Antonio will almost certainly be needed.