By Will Butcher
Michail Antonio was withdrawn by Slaven Bilic at half-time of West Ham’s 3-0 loss to Arsenal because of illness, according to a reliable journalist.
Antonio, 27, was replaced by Robert Snodgrass during the break with the score still at 0-0, before Mesut Ozil, Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud scored in the second half for the Gunners.
Injury analyst Ben Dinnery, who works for Sky Sports, revealed on his personal Twitter account that the winger had not been withdrawn because of a recurring hamstring injury.
Antonio was taken off at half-time due to illness. Not a recurrence of his previous hamstring injury. #WHUFC
— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) April 5, 2017
Antonio had previously missed the chance to represent England against Germany and Lithuania because of a hamstring injury, despite being called up by Gareth Southgate.
However, the former Nottingham Forest star returned to the Hammers side on Saturday during his side’s 3-2 loss to Bournemouth where he found the back of the net.
Remaining his side’s top scorer with nine strikes this season, Antonio was unable to prevent London rivals Arsenal claiming all three points at the Emirates Stadium.
The east London outfit have now lost their last five games against Leicester, Hull, Chelsea, Bournemouth and Arsene Wenger’s side, and are without a win in seven games.
In danger of being dragged into a Premier League relegation battle, manager Slaven Bilic will be desperate to see Antonio recover as the Hammers go up against Swansea on Saturday.
In other West Ham news, here are three things learned about the Hammers from their loss to Arsenal.