Michail Antonio is an “explosive” footballer and will be particularly susceptible to further hamstring injuries if West Ham rush his recovery.

That is according to ex-Premier League goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after the Guardian reported that the 31-year-old could miss the rest of the season with a hamstring injury.

David Moyes’ side remain in the hunt for lucrative Champions League qualification and news that his injury is worse than first feared will come as a bitter blow.

Antonio became the club’s only recognised striker after Sebastien Haller was sold to Ajax in January.

Kenny recognised the financial damage that Antonio’s injury could cause West Ham but warned them not to rush his recovery.

“It could cost them a lot of money,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

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“But Antonio is an explosive player. So a hamstring is a tricky one because you’ve got to be careful that you don’t bring him back too quickly and he fires off on a run and it goes again. That often happens so they can’t rush him back.

“He didn’t play the full game against Wolves and they still managed to score three. But as a West Ham fan, you’d like to think they would have had backup. It might cost them.”

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Antonio has scored seven times this season, taking his tally to 45 in West Ham colours.

He has featured 176 times since signing from Nottingham Forest in 2015.

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