West Ham United suffered another season-ending injury blow Wednesday morning, when manager Slaven Bilic announced that Michail Antonio will be unavailable for the remainder of the campaign.
The versatile winger suffered another hamstring injury in the Hammers crucial 1-0 win over Swansea City last Saturday, having to come off in the 40th minute for Jonathan Calleri. Antonio now joins Angelo Ogbonna and Pedro Obiang with ailments keeping them officially out for the rest of West Ham’s 2016-17 schedule.
Here is the 27-year-old pulling up with his hamstring injury during that moment in the 39th minute vs Swansea.
All West Ham fans at the moment #COYI #WHUSWA pic.twitter.com/s2S0Wdiria— Brace The Hammer (@BraceTheHammer) April 8, 2017
It was another star making campaign for Antonio, who solidified himself as one of the better outside forces in the Premier League. With 9 goals and 3 assists in all competitions this season, Antonio truly became one of the undisputed stars of the club, especially after Dimitri Payet’s acrimonious exit in January. The Hammers were able to keep Antonio, who himself had interest from none other than champions-elect Chelsea to steer him away from the London Stadium during the winter transfer window, as he shined with his tremendous pace and aerial ability on constant display.
In short, it is another injury nightmare that Bilic and the Hammers fans have had to deal with. And hopefully Antonio, who has been denied his debut for England twice despite being called up (with the last time a few weeks ago, only for his hamstring to rule him out), will soon get that chance to play for his country via West Ham representation.