West Ham star Michail Antonio ruled out of the season
West Ham receive a set-back as Michail Antonio is ruled out for the season. The winger sustained a hamstring injury while playing against Swansea and the 27 year old is expected to be ruled out for a significant amount of time
Manager Slaven Bilic explained the situation –
"It is a significant injury, he is out for the season. It's a big blow, he is one of our best players."
Antonio has scored 9 league goals this season making him the club’s top scorer. The player made a return from a similar injury which delayed his national debut. His recent hamstring problem creates problem for West Ham and also England National team as the Three Lions will play against Scotland in World Cup 2018 Qualifier on 10th June .
Despite the fitness issue Hammers are expected to renew the player’s contract this summer. Antonio was signed from Nottingham Forest in 2015 & extended his contract till 2020 last year. Regardless of the troubles this season West Ham want to keep their star tied in long term contract and already made an offer which promises 70,000 Euro per week. However it is reported that Englishman in unhappy with current offer by the club as he thinks its below market value and not justifying the performance.
West ham returned to winning ways after losing five matches consecutively. Slaven Bilic’s side head north to face relegation threatened Sunderland without Captain Mark Noble. Striker Andy Carrol stayed on the bench last match, Sam Byram has an ankle discomfort and defender Sam Creswell has already missed two games, yet the Croatian manager is confident after the win and that his players will make a return. Bilic further said –
"It's a big game for us, Sunderland are desperate for a win and we are looking to win to secure or get closer to securing safety. Every win gives you a boost, especially after five defeats in a row. The confidence is back but the belief was permanent and we never lost it."
Victory against Sunderland will ensure West Ham of their stay in the Premier League next season.