West Ham dealt potential double blow as key duo face spell on sidelines - report
By Matt Farr
West Ham have been dealt another devastating blow to their end of season ambitions as two key players face spells on the sidelines, according to a report.
The Evening Standard report that West Ham could be without star duo Michail Antonio and Mark Noble for at least their next match against Sunderland.
Top goalscorer Antonio was forced off during the first half of West Ham’s 1-0 win over Swansea on Saturday with an injury, having only just returned from a spell on the sidelines.
The 27-year-old missed the international break with England and the subsequent clash with Hull with a hamstring injury, and is believed to have suffered a recurrence of the injury against Swansea.
His potential absence in the coming weeks will be a crushing blow to the club, as he has been without doubt their most reliable and most consistent performer this season.
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He has contributed nine goals and five assists in all competitions this season.
Midfielder and captain Noble, meanwhile, picked up his 10th booking of the season for a foul on Swansea midfielder Leroy Fer, and will therefore miss the next two matches against Sunderland and Everton.
He had earlier served a one-match suspension for five yellow cards, missing the 3-2 defeat to Tottenham in November.
The potential double setback comes as an ever bigger blow after West Ham succeeded in overturning their five-match losing streak to seal a precious three points against their relegation rivals.
The Hammers had slipped to within just five points of the Premier League relegation zone ahead of the clash, but are now up to 14th thanks to Cheikhou Kouyate’s first-half strike.
In other West Ham news, the club have made an emphatic reported transfer decision ahead of the summer.