West Ham United boss David Moyes has spoken out about his plans to cope without Michail Antonio.
The Hammers striker limped off in the 36th minute of the 3-2 win over Wolves on Monday night.
Antonio is reported to have come off as a precaution – an agreement he has with West Ham’s medical team given his troublesome history of hamstring injuries.
West Ham await Antonio scan result after early Wolves withdrawal
West Ham are expected to learn the full extent of the striker’s injury today as they await the results of a scan.
But regardless of the outcome it seems highly unlikely Antonio will be risked in the crunch game against Leicester on Sunday.
Even if there is no serious injury, Moyes may decide the risk to reward is too great for West Ham.
He must weigh up the potential of losing Antonio for a longer spell if he is rushed back.
Moyes lifts lid on plans to cope without Antonio with Bowen in line for striker role
Moyes has spoken out about his plans to cope without Antonio ahead of the Leicester game.
Much of the focus after the win over Wolves was on the injury situation regarding Declan Rice and Antonio.
But Moyes has been quick to point out he has a readymade solution in Jarrod Bowen (whufc.com).
” I thought Jarrod played really well as a centre-forward in the period after Mick went off, so I’m pleased because we’re going to need them all at the moment as we’re just beginning to run a little bit low in the tank,” Moyes told whufc.com.
Great motivation for in form Bowen
“Mick felt his hamstring a little bit and we’ve just got to hope it’s nothing too bad, but if you’re a West Ham supporter know you all about Mick’s hamstrings, so we’ve got to be really wary of it.
“If Jarrod plays as well as he did tonight up front, then that’ll help us, but we’re just beginning to run a little bit low on bodies at the moment.”
Bowen has scored in West Ham’s last two games and is on seven for the season.
He will be eyeing double figures in his first full season with West Ham.
And that could prove great motivation – as well as the carrot of European football – for the run-in.