West Ham United midfielder Michail Antonio has been ruled out for four months after undergoing surgery on his hamstring injury.
The Hammers star sustained the knock seven minutes into West Ham’s 2-0 Carabao Cup win at Newport last week, and the club’s worst fear was confirmed afterwards.
Antonio will now miss a large chunk of the campaign, dealing a blow on manager Manuel Pellegrini’s attacking depth.
The 29-year-old primarily plays on the flanks but was earmarked to help provide striking cover for summer signing Sebastian Haller.
Having flogged Javier Hernandez on Monday, Albian Ajeti is now the other striking option West Ham have.
Nevertheless, Pellegrini isn’t short of attacking options with the likes of Robert Snodgrass, Andriy Yarmolenko, Manuel Lanzini and Felipe Anderson all available.
Antonio has already started his recovery following the surgery, but the earliest he can return to action is Christmas.
Nevertheless, the West Ham forward is hoping to get back sooner than expected, and he has taken to Twitter to send a message to the fans:
— Michail Antonio (@Michailantonio) September 4, 2019
The Hammers have won two, drawn one and lost one of their opening four league games of the new season, and will hope to break into top-seven this season.
They will have to do that with Antonio out for at least three months, though.