West Ham insider ExWHUemployee has claimed that Michail Antonio suffered a slight muscle strain against Chelsea on Sunday, in what could be really bad news for Manuel Pellegrini.

The 29-year-old returned from a lengthy injury lay-off against Tottenham nine days ago, coming on as a second-half substitute.

He then started against Chelsea on Saturday. And what an unbelievable difference he has made for the Hammers.

Antonio’s power and pace offers West Ham something that they do not otherwise possess.

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Michail Antonio (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

And Pellegrini’s side are a much better team when the former Nottingham Forest attacker is fully fit and firing on all cylinders.

West Ham face Wolves away on Wednesday. And their chances of winning that game could hinge heavily on whether Antonio plays or not.

 

ExWHUemployee took to Twitter and suggested that the 29-year-old was substituted on Saturday because of a slight muscle strain:

This could obviously be a disaster for the Hammers, if Antonio’s injury is not managed correctly. Wolves away is important, but Pellegrini needs to be shrewd. Playing the winger again could risk setting him back even further.

And the Chilean might be best served in resting the in-form 29-year-old for Wednesday’s trip to Molineux.

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