West Ham winger Michael Antonio underwent successful surgery on his hamstring on Tuesday, according to the London Evening Standard.
The newspaper claims that the 29-year-old now faces a “lengthy” rehabilitation period which is likely to mean missing four months’ worth of action for the Hammers.
Antonio suffered the serious hamstring injury in West Ham’s 2-0 win against Newport County in the Carabao Cup last week and his injury now leaves Manuel Pellegrini with one less striker option after he sold Javier Hernandez to Sevilla.
West Ham are going to miss Antonio over the coming months. The ex-Nottingham Forest winger had a solid start to the season despite only starting one Premier League match and looked a better option out wide than Robert Snodgrass. Andriy Yarmolenko’s form has improved, which is good news considering Antonio’s setback but Pellegrini might have been planning to use the 29-year-old as a striker after he the club decided to cash in on Hernandez. Sebastien Haller and Albian Ajeti are Pellegrini’s only available strikers at the moment. Xande Silva is going to remain sidelined for a bit longer after undergoing surgery in the summer. Hopefully there are no more injury blows but knowing West Ham, there are bound to be some more on their way before the transfer window re-opens in January. It will be better off waiting until next summer to sign a new striker but if they have to, they’ll have to spend the money gained from selling Hernandez in the winter.