West Ham manager David Moyes has confirmed that James Collins and Michail Antonio are both ruled out of Friday’s game against Leicester City.
The Hammers boss confirmed the news in his press conference ahead of the game, revealing both players are “short of match practice” after their recent injuries.
Antonio has missed the last two leagues game for the Hammers, including Moyes’ first game in charge, due to a rib injury.
The 27-year-old’s last appearance for West Ham was in the 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace, where the right-winger came under heavy criticism for an error that lead to a late Crystal Palace goal.
The right-winger has featured 10 times this season across all competitions, scoring one goal and it has been a frustrating time for Antonio as his summer was disrupted by an operation on his hamstring.
Antonio required surgery to repair a torn hamstring, and this ultimately disrupted his pre-season.
Moyes’ other injury headache, Collins, has featured even less than Antonio this season due to an injury to his ankle.
The defender suffered the injury in September’s game against West Brom and has not been able to feature since, missing seven league games.
Despite missing Collins and Antonio, Moyes will be hoping West Ham beat Leicester City on Friday night, a win that could see them move out of the relegation zone.