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David Moyes issues crushing West Ham injury update and drops big Michail Antonio hint
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David Moyes issues crushing West Ham injury update and drops big Michail Antonio hint

Hammers boss David Moyes has issued a crushing West Ham injury update and dropped a big Michail Antonio hint.

There are now just over 24 hours to go until West Ham take on Sevilla in the Europa League last 16 second leg.

It is one of West Ham’s biggest games of the last two decades.

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And the Hammers must overturn a 1-0 deficit against the Spanish side at the London Stadium to make the quarter-finals.

West Ham have hit real injury problems at the worst possible time in the season with the Europa knockout game and huge Premier League match against Tottenham at the weekend.

Jarrod Bowen was forced off with a mysterious foot injury in the recent defeat to Liverpool.

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And both Michail Antonio and Aaron Cresswell picked up injuries in the 2-1 win over Aston Villa on Sunday.

Moyes was playing his cards close to his chest when asked about the injury situation for the Sevilla clash after the Villa game.

Fans are anxious to know whether any of the trio will be available, particularly Bowen and Antonio.

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But speaking in his pre-match press conference Moyes issued a crushing West Ham injury update and dropped a big hint that Antonio won’t be risked.

“Jarrod Bowen’s not available,” Moyes said in his presser before Sevilla (whufc.com).

“He probably won’t be available until after the international break.

“I couldn’t tell you exactly if they’re (Antonio and Cresswell) fit. They’ve done a bit of light training. We’re trying to find out if they are fit.

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“They didn’t train with the team today but have done a bit with the fitness coaches. We’ll wait and assess them tomorrow.

“If he’s (Antonio) not fully fit I won’t take a risk. Generally, if a player isn’t ready to play, I wouldn’t use them. I’d rather use somebody who’s fitter.”

The continued absence of Jarrod Bowen has stood out like a sore thumb for the Hammers.

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Moyes made it clear that he will use Andriy Yarmolenko ‘at some point’ in the game but it is not clear whether that will be from the start or as a substitute.

It is a crushing injury update from Moyes.

And barring any sudden changes in Antonio’s fitness outlook then West Ham have a mountain to climb with no recognised striker as an option and goals needed.

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