West Ham United winger Michail Antonio could require an operation for his injury sustained in the Carabao Cup against Newport County on Tuesday, according to Claret & Hugh.
The 30-year-old was sprinting through on goal in the sixth minute when he fell to the floor in agony, without any contact, before signalling he needed to come off and it was apparent pretty quickly that there was a potentially serious injury involved.
There are now fears he may have snapped his hamstring, which could keep him out for three months, though due to the extent of the injury and associated bleeding a scan can’t be carried out for at least two days.
Prior to the Newport game, Antonio started his season with one start and two substitute appearances in West Ham’s opening three matches of the season, as per WhoScored.
As reflected in his WhoScored rating, Antonio’s most telling contribution came at Vicarage Road, where he was brought on for the final 35 minutes and helped the Hammers to a 3-1 win against Watford.
Replacing Andriy Yarmolenko, Antonio gave a far more powerful option than the Ukrainian, which caused Watford problems and he was intelligent enough to ensure this had an impact on the game – the Hammers scored two goals to secure the win within 18 minutes of him being on the pitch.
Sam Inkersole of football.london gave him a rating of 7 for his performance during that game, stating: “Made yet another big impact as he stretched the Hornets backline time and time again.”
This injury is a big blow for both Antonio and West Ham, as he was beginning to hit some very good form and could have even established himself as the main right-wing option for the Hammers.
The only hope is that he gets back fit and healthy as soon as possible, even if that will likely take a lengthy period on the sidelines.
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