The £70,000-a-week West Ham ace [Spotrac] had to come off after eight minutes of his side’s 2-0 win over the League Two club.
And according to Ex, the prognosis doesn’t look too promising.
Writing on his personal Twitter account, he said: “Looks like it is going to be a serious hamstring tear and a need for an operation for Antonio.
“That is the initial verdict more to come from scans later.”
This is a real blow for the Hammers, and you have to be gutted for Antonio. The forward has been a standout performer for his club so far this season, and to have such a serious injury thrust upon him in such an inconsequential game will be devastating for him. Hamstrings are always tetchy for footballers, but a serious tear, and the need for surgery, could see Antonio sidelined for quite some time. That would be a real shame. The 29-year-old has averaged 3.6 shots, 1.4 key passes, and 2.1 successful dribbles per 90 minutes in the Premier League so far this season, as per Whoscored, and to take somebody like him out of the side for a prolonged period of time will do little to help alleviate the relatively lacklustre start the Hammers have made to the new campaign. Here’s hoping it isn’t as bad as it first looks, and that Antonio is back to full fitness in no time. The Irons could really use him.