By Kevin Campbell

22nd Sep, 2021 | 7:00pm

West Ham star Antonio will be 'devastating' against Leeds as another star joins casualty list - pundit

Kevin Campbell has claimed West Ham striker Michail Antonio “will be chomping at the bit” after learning of Leeds United’s injury troubles.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Arsenal and Everton forward tipped the 31-year-old to “exploit any weakness” in Marcelo Bielsa’s defence.

Antonio will be available for Saturday’s trip to Elland Road having missed the 2-1 loss to Manchester United through suspension.

Leeds will be without Diego Llorente, Robin Koch and Pascal Struijk for the fixture.

Luke Ayling could also be unavailable after the Yorkshire club confirmed the defender suffered a knee injury at Newcastle to join their growing casualty list.

In the event of his absence, Kalvin Phillips could drop back into the defence or Bielsa may hand 19-year-old Charlie Cresswell his Premier League debut.

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Campbell claimed it would be a big ask for Cresswell to make his debut against Antonio.

“Michael Antonio will be chomping at the bit,” he told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs. “He will exploit any weakness in that defence.

“Who are they going to play back there? Cresswell has never played a Premier League game and Antonio is certainly not the player you want to make your debut against.

“He can be devastating to feet and really hurt you in behind. It is going to be very tough for Leeds to deal with players like that. Antonio will be desperate to get going again after his suspension.

“It’s going to be a very difficult game against an excellent West Ham team.”

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