Michail Antonio will have an operation to help him recover from the hamstring injury he sustained against Newport County, as reported by Football Insider.
There was a delay in the scan for the injury due to its severity and the worst fears have now been realised, as he has torn his hamstring, which could keep him out for three months.
Antonio lasted just eight minutes of the Carabao Cup encounter with Newport, as per Transfermarkt, after he went down injured while racing through on goal.
Prior to that game, the 29-year-old had made one start and two substitute appearances across the Hammers’ opening three Premier League matches, as per WhoScored.
In those appearances, he averaged 0.7 key passes, 1 dribble and 0.3 crosses per game, while also making 0.7 interceptions and 0.7 clearances.
His best performance came against Watford, a game which showed he could have been making strides to start, as he came on with the score at 1-1, helping the Hammers to a 3-1 win.
He was given a rating of 7 by Football.London’s Sam Inkersole, who added: “Made yet another big impact as he stretched the Hornets backline time and time again.”
It is a real shame for Antonio that he will be sidelined for so long, while it will also cause a sense of frustration for others at West Ham.
At most he could have forced his way to be Manuel Pellegrini’s starting right-winger, while at the very least he would have been an effective back-up option across the frontline had he not got injured.
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