There may be some encouragement for the Hammers after what Michail Antonio was seen mouthing to his West Ham teammates after his injury.
West Ham boss David Moyes admitted he is going to have to push his shallow squad to breaking point between now and the end of the season.
And it seems that point may have been reached as Michail Antonio and Aaron Cresswell were forced off with injuries against Villa.
West Ham have been riding by the seat of their pants for well over a year relying on injury-prone Antonio up front.
The luck ran out against Villa as the striker pulled up feeling the muscle around his thigh.
Ironically West Ham looked much better with emotional goalscorer Andriy Yarmolenko up front in Antonio’s place.
But make no mistake, though, West Ham will clearly need every player fit and available as much as possible if they are to achieve success during the run in.
And there could be some encouragement for David Moyes from what Antonio was seen mouthing to his West Ham teammates after the injury against Aston Villa.
Antonio went down twice clutching his leg after going in for a slide tackle.
What Michail Antonio was seen mouthing to West Ham teammates after injury against Aston Villa
With his history of hamstring problems, West Ham fans – and probably Moyes – will understandably be worried Antonio faces a lengthy spell out.
But as Antonio’s concerned teammates checked on him while he received a check from the physio, the cameras zoomed in on the striker.
And as Antonio pointed to the muscle on his thigh, nearer his knee, he clearly mouthed ‘It’s not my hamstring’ to his West Ham teammates and Villa player Ashley Young who was also sportingly checking on him.
Of course Antonio is not a medical professional so we must wait and see.
But players know their own bodies and especially Antonio given all the hamstring injuries he has suffered down the years.
There will undoubtedly now need to be scans on the injury.
At this stage it appears highly unlikely Antonio would feature on Thursday night in the huge Europa League last 16 second leg game against Sevilla given the sudden nature of the knock.
Let’s just hope he was being overly cautious, though, and West Ham are boosted by his return for the club’s biggest game in decades.