Speaking in a press conference, West Ham United boss David Moyes has shared that Crystal Palace may come too early for striker Michail Antonio as he looks set to miss their clash this evening – with his absence from the team in general described as a ‘massive, massive blow‘ for the Irons.
Antonio, who has impressed this season when available up front, operating as the sole striker ahead of Sebastien Haller, looks set to miss Crystal Palace tonight as Moyes shares the latest on his recovery.
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Antonio set to miss Palace
The Englishman, despite taking to the grass and being back in training, will not be ready in time to play a part as the Hammers aim to climb back up into the top six.
Moyes’ men have defied the odds so far this season, sitting pretty in and around the Europa League qualification spots ahead of a gruelling and congested 2020/2021 calendar over the next month.
However, as they prepare for Palace, it is now highly unlikely Antonio will feature – with West Ham now set to rely upon the polarising Haller once again in the forward positions.
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Darren Bent, speaking to Football Insider, described the attacker’s absence as a ‘massive, massive blow’ for the Hammers ahead of a daunting Christmas fixture list – but Hammers will also be thankful that their star man is back in training.
Regardless of it being unlikely he will play a part tonight, Antonio could hopefully return to the first team sooner rather than later – with West Ham needing all the help they can get.
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