West Ham United fans were panicking after seeing Michail Antonio’s hamstring strapped with ice packs after the Spurs game.

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West Ham fans have been saying it until they are claret and blue in the face – going into a season with just Antonio and Sebastien Haller as striker options is a huge risk.

That is why Hammers supporters were so keen to see Josh King signed before the deadline.

Reports are that deal is being lined up for January (Football Insider). And it is not unreasonable to expect Antonio and Haller to get West Ham through the next two and a bit months.

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Antonio ‘fine’ after having hamstring packed with ice – insider

Antonio has a terrible injury record with his hamstrings. And carrying such a heavy workload as West Ham’s all-action lone striker is putting a lot of pressure on those tendons.

Hearts were in mouths after seeing Antonio’s hamstring strapped as he celebrated with his teammates at Tottenham.

West Ham fans have since been reassured by reliable insiders Claret & Hugh that it was part of Antonio’s normal post match routine.

The insiders say the forward is ‘fine’ and will be fit to face Manchester City on Saturday.

But it was not lost on Hammers fans that Antonio did not look his usual self for much of the game before being substituted on 70 minutes.

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Haller time to protect West Ham’s key man?

It is a big worry. If Antonio’s hamstring goes West Ham would lose their key man – the player that makes them tick – for a run of games where David Moyes’s side could really pick up some points starting with Fulham.

So does Moyes have to accept, for the medium to long term benefit of the team, he must bring Haller in for the City game?

Haller has looked good in pre-season and Carabao Cup games.

He missed the Spurs squad due to a knock suffered in training. But he too is fine for the match at the London Stadium.

Yes he doesn’t play that lone forward role in the same way as Antonio.

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Don’t push him to breaking point

But West Ham should not risk pushing Antonio’s hamstrings to breaking point.

Obviously the medical team and Moyes will know whether Antonio is up to it. But we’ve been here before where Antonio has started looking tired and he has been flogged to the point of injury.

Antonio himself has to take some responsibility and hold his hands up if he struggling.

It will be interesting to see what Moyes elects to do.

But as a fan I would rather have Antonio fully fit, fresh and raring to go for a run of games that includes Fulham, Sheffield United, Aston Villa, Leeds, Crystal Palace, Brighton and Southampton in the next 10 or 11 matches.

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