West Ham injury update includes Antonio and former Sheffield United target
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West Ham injury update includes Antonio and former Sheffield United target

West Ham United manager David Moyes has offered an injury update on his players, including Michail Antonio.

Antonio was substituted on Tuesday night with fatigue as West Ham lost to Manchester United in the FA Cup fifth round.

The 30-year-old is a hugely important player for the Hammers, having scored five goals this season.

Antonio will therefore be missed if the striker can’t face Sheffield United in the Premier League on Monday night.

“Hopefully he will be very close for Monday,” was Moyes’ vague answer when asked about the forward by Football.London.


Other injury concerns as well as Antonio

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The former Sheffield Wednesday man isn’t the only player there are question marks over for the game with the Blades.

Issa Diop made history this week at Old Trafford, when he became the first person to be brought off under new concussion protocols.

Moyes says it was simply as a precaution.

“Issa is fine and was fine immediately,” the West Ham boss continued.

“He didn’t and doesn’t have concussion, but the medical team wanted to be safe.

“It certainly is his time to step up. He is someone we really like and value so I am hoping he can step up.”

Diop may need to do just that, with Moyes confirming fellow centre-back Angelo Ogbonna is out for Monday and may even require surgery.

Meanwhile, Fabian Balbuena is also a doubt with a calf strain.

Who else?

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Like Antonio, Andriy Yarmolenko was also taken off on Tuesday. Moyes has since confirmed Yarmolenko has a knee injury and is another doubt.

One player he will be able to call on, however, is Jesse Lingard. Lingard made an immediate impression after joining on loan from Man United in the January transfer window, scoring twice on his Hammers debut.

The midfielder was ineligible to play against his parent club midweek, but Moyes is looking at the positives.

“He settled in very well,” the 57-year-old said. “He has had some rest and a chance to recover, so we will have him around on Monday which will give us a boost”

The Blades will get the chance to see Lingard up close, having been strongly linked with a move for the England international themselves in January.

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