'That Is A Shocker' - Exclusive: McLeish reacts to 'Massive' West Ham news
Michail Antonio will be a “massive” miss for West Ham after being almost certainly ruled out against Leeds United by David Moyes.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Premier League manager claimed it was a “shocker” the centre-forward had picked up another hamstring injury but admitted the Irons had performed admirably without their “talisman”.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Moyes confirmed the 30-year-old was still recovering from his latest hamstring injury blow and was very doubtful to play against Leeds.
🗞 TEAM NEWS @Michailantonio: "It’s probably doubtful. He’s still recovering so at this moment in time he’s more than likely doubtful for the game."@RyanFredericks_: "We're waiting. He had an injury for a day or two with a bit of a groin strain & has just come back."#LEEWHU
— West Ham United (@WestHam) December 10, 2020
Antonio, who missed three games from late October into November, had returned against Aston Villa but lasted just 45 minutes, while he was completely absent for the defeat to Manchester United.
McLeish bemoaned the centre-forward’s absence for Friday’s visit to Elland Road but admitted Moyes had managed to cope well without his star forward.
Asked how much of a concern Antonio’s hamstring problems were proving to be, McLeish told Football Insider: “That is a shocker but they have been getting great results despite that.
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“The Man United one turned against them last week with a controversial ball up the line and but for that, you never know, and David Moyes has had decent results without his talisman centre-forward.
“To get him back, I think, would be a massive boost for West Ham.”
Antonio has played seven times in the league so far this season, with three goals under his belt.
Sebastien Haller has filled in for the former Nottingham Forest man but has managed to score just once in his last seven top-flight appearances.
In other West Ham news, a Football Insider pundit has dropped a major claim about Antonio’s future at the London Stadium.