West Ham United striker Michail Antonio is facing another setback in his recovery journey after a recent injury blow at the Rush Green training ground. The Telegraph reported that the Jamaican international suffered the setback during training, ruling him out for the rest of the month and extending his time on the sidelines.
Having been on the verge of returning from a two-month absence due to a knee injury, Antonio’s progress has now been delayed for an additional two to three weeks. Despite the challenges, Antonio took to his personal Instagram account on January 14 to share an encouraging message with West Ham fans, stating, “Smashing through the setback. Visualising the comeback.”
This setback has left West Ham United grappling with an attacking crisis, compounded by fresh blows to other key players such as Jarrod Bowen and Paqueta. Both Bowen and Paqueta are expected to be sidelined for up to a month, while Antonio faces a six-week absence. This poses a significant challenge for manager David Moyes and technical director Tim Steidten, especially given the tough fixtures lined up in the coming weeks.
Although the Hammers have alternative options in the squad, including Danny Ings, Said Benrahma, Pablo Fornals, and Maxwel Cornet, their inconsistent performances this season raise concerns about their reliability. With the January transfer window open, the urgency to secure reinforcements is evident, and a new striker reportedly tops West Ham’s list of priorities.