Michael Brown has warned West Ham will need to be extra careful in bringing Michail Antonio back after a fresh injury blow that ruled him out of Saturday evening’s clash against Man United.
The former Premier League midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has insisted the Hammers must “go belt and braces” over the striker’s recovery after his second setback in a matter of weeks.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference, as quoted by football.london, Moyes revealed that the 30-year-old had suffered a fresh hamstring injury blow and that he was not sure how long he would be without his attacking talisman.
Antonio missed three games with another hamstring problem during November before he returned to play the first 45 minutes against Aston Villa last weekend.
Brown has insisted that this fresh blow will have to be handled with extra care by the medical staff and that the Irons may have to give him added time to ensure he does not suffer a relapse.
Brown told Football Insider: “I think what it does is it delays the process for so long because once you break it, like a calf, your hamstring, you’ve got to really go belt and braces the next time.
“Hindsight’s great – the medical team is amazing, they do everything in their power, it looks like it’s there, the loading is all good, it looks like it has healed, and that little percentage sometimes comes and gets you.
“It’s sometimes the same injury but you know, it isn’t always the same one, sometimes it’ll be slightly different.”
Antonio has played seven times and scored three goals in the Premier League this season.
Moyes, who brought Sebastien Haller on to replace the 30-year-old against Aston Villa, started the French hitman up top against Manchester United.
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