By Ben Dinnery

26th Oct, 2021 | 7:05pm

Injury expert: Antonio has 'completely changed his ways' at West Ham this season in major transformation

West Ham talisman Michail Antonio has “changed his lifestyle” to combat persistent hamstring problems.

So says injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.

Antonio is West Ham’s all-time leading Premier League scorer and a vital cog in David Moyes’ high-flying machine.

The 30-year-old did not feature in last week’s 3-0 win against Genk but made a goalscoring return in the 1-0 victory over Tottenham on 24 October.

As per three days earlier, Moyes revealed that Antonio had “no injury problems” but was simply being rested against Genk.

Dinnery explained how Antonio’s attitude towards his fitness has paid dividends in his clean injury record.

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He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “Those historical problems in his hamstrings have brought about a change in lifestyle for him.

“He has spoken about how he looks after himself a lot better. In the past, by his own admission, his diet and nutrition probably weren’t the best.

“He went out and did what he wanted, when he wanted. But he has completely changed his ways.

Now, he’s a lot more understanding of the complexities of the human body and how to manage it.

“That’s reflected in the start he’s had to the season. He hasn’t had any fitness issues whatsoever.

“A lot of things in that team hinge on Antonio. If he does pick up an injury, then who are you getting to lead that front line?

“It could be Bowen or Benrahma. They are good viable options, but they aren’t Michail Antonio.

“But if West Ham are winning in the Europa League and Antonio is getting a rest, it’s win-win. That’s a great strategy to employ from David Moyes.

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