West Ham have been rocked by the news that top scorer Michail Antonio will miss up to six weeks of action having sustained a hamstring injury in the recent 1-1 draw with Manchester City.
Antonio scored a spectacular opener in the London Stadium clash but had to be taken off after 52 minutes after feeling discomfort in the back of his thigh.
David Moyes was initially hopeful the problem wasn't too severe, but scans in the aftermath of the draw revealed that the forward suffered a Grade 2 tear. As per the Daily Mail, it will rule him out for close to two months. The Athletic claim the absence will be closer to a month.
The injury rules Antonio out of the Premier League clash with Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday and will likely give record signing Sebastien Haller the chance to impress up front.
There have been a number of player casualties since the season began, with 78 examples of players suffering muscle injuries already, which amounts to a 42% increase on the 55 from the previous campaign.
Exactly why there has been such an increase in injuries can be related to the shortened pre-season players have had after the quick turnover in the summer. Originally planning to keep the five substitute rule for the 2020/21 campaign, a decision was made to revert back to three, one Frank Lampard states was the wrong call.
"It will be a season like no other, and none of us can control that," Lampard said on the matter. "The ball was firmly dropped when clubs or the Premier League turned away from having five subs.
"We’re clearly in the most unprecedented time. The situation facing football is carrying on. It’s not going anywhere. The demands on the players is huge at every club."