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Report: Hammers braced for Antonio blow

West Ham are braced to be without Mikey Antonio for much of the run-in, according to The Daily Mail.

The striker limped out of Monday’s clash with Wolves after feeling his hamstring.

The report states that he has undergone scans on the injury and while the severity hasn’t been confirmed, the Hammers fear he will have a lengthy period on the sidelines.

The Irons only have eight games of the season to go as they bid to qualify for the Champions League.

It remains to be seen how many games the striker may miss as the season reaches its conclusion, but one feels that manager David Moyes faces a headache over how to replace him.

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The smart money may be on Jarrod Bowen playing as a false nine, although Jesse Lingard also offers an option; this weekend’s selection against Leicester will be telling.

Antonio has scored seven goals in the league this season, while also laying on five assists.

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12 comments on “Report: Hammers braced for Antonio blow

  1. Best season So far for 35 years and we put it at serious risk because of the club’s negligence. If we slip back now it will be for one reason only the ineptitude of the club to ensure we had the players required and that will be such an injustice to Moyes and the team’s efforts and application. GSB out!

    • They reappointed him – you are ready to start marching again presumably?

    • What players were available to us in the Jan window and wanted to come? Its Ok saying we should have got in a striker but who was that striker, how much was he and would he agree to come? Its more complex than just picking anyone valued at 40 million. Haller and Anderson are proof.

  2. There is something that I don’t understand – we were worried about goals so Moyes got in Jesse Lingaard who has already scored six – would fans be happier if we had bought Josh King or Josh Maja?

    • Most fans cannot comprehend the fact that Moyes only wants a player who he thinks will deffo strengthen HIS way of playing. If them players do not want to come then Moyes will wait till summer and as you said bring in Jesse for this season and hopefully next.

  3. Just bad luck, but we all knew he was a hammy time bomb. Thank God we have Bowen and Jesse to lead the line and its time for Ben to man up and take hold of the game now. It’s still on, we are weakened but still marching on with a slight limp!! On a positive. Oggy back soon, Masuaku will be fitter and fornals. Just one concern for me is Soucek which no one has mentioned. He will definitely feel the absence of Rice having had him beside him since arriving. Let’s hope he is able to cope with the demands of the last 8 fixtures otherwise we would be in trouble.

  4. It’s not great news , but we have played a fair few games without him an won . We will cope, the team have such spirit and work hard for each other . I think the team will give everything to try and win every game , I’m optimistic despite recent injuries. COYI ⚒

  5. I’m not anti owners, but I agree, the decision to sell Haller and not get in a replacement was shocking management. And actually, I believe it may have been more Moyes’ decision then the board. It will most probably cost us what would have been a dream finish to a magnificent season and to that extent, it’s hard to be too critical. People mention Josh King as a failure because he hasn’t featured for Everton but oh to have the option of turning to him now….

    • I kinda get that other than we got some one who has scored 6 times and provided four assists

      • As fantastic as lingard has been, he is not a striker and it would be such a shame to have to pull him out of that midfield position where he has been so deadly to stick him up top. I can’t help but feel that someone has to hold up their hands and explain why we was left so short at such a critical stage of the season…

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