West Ham United fans are sweating on the latest hamstring injury sustained by Michail Antonio as speculation swirls he might be out for the season.
Antonio pulled up and came off in the 36th minute of the 3-2 win over Wolves on Monday night.
As yet there has been no official word from West Ham on Antonio. It comes as the club await the results of a scan.
That in itself is not unusual ahead of a game. David Moyes famously keeps team and injury news a closely guarded secret ahead of matches.
No official word on Antonio yet but Moyes famously keeps his cards close to his chest
And given the importance of Sunday’s European six-pointer against Leicester, Moyes would undoubtedly want to keep Brendan Rodgers guessing.
Rumours are rife in West Ham circles on social media that Antonio is out for the season.
When West Ham fans want answers they often turn to reliable insider ExWHUemployee.
He delivered an update to West Ham fans on his Patreon site overnight.
And while ExWHUemployee believes talk of Antonio being out for the rest of the season is premature, he fears no news could be bad news.
Insider ExWHUemployee offers Antonio update and suggests no news could be bad news
“Whilst it hasn’t been officially confirmed yet I do not believe the news on Antonio is as optimistic as first thought by the medical staff,” ExWHUemployee said on his Patreon site.
“Reports that he is due to be ruled out for the season appear a little premature but I suspect that there will be further games missed due to his ongoing hamstring problems.
“As I said on the podcast yesterday, whenever he has a slight tweak (as he did against Wolves) the medical team remain optimistic but it often turns into a period of time on the sidelines…
Expect Moyes to stay tight-lipped as Bowen is lined up for striker role
“As I’ve said none of this is officially confirmed and I expect the club will want to keep the actual truth quiet but I would be very surprised if he features against Leicester at the weekend for example.”
It will undoubtedly be the first question Moyes is asked in his pre-Leicester press conference.
Whether he gives much away remains to be seen.
But Jarrod Bowen is expected to deputise for Antonio against the Foxes.
Bowen is hitting form again after scoring what turned out to be the winner when playing as striker against Wolves.