Premier League

West Ham furious over Michail Antonio’s knee injury during November international break

Rajarshi ShuklaRajarshi Shukla
November 20 2023
Michail Antonio

The Hammers star suffered a knee injury against Canada

Fears have infuriated West Ham. While playing for Jamaica internationally, Michail Antonio sustained a significant knee injury.

Concerns are mounting that Antonio might not play the remainder of the season due to impairment to his medial knee ligament, therefore the forward is returning to England for a scan.

The 33-year-old was spotted hobbling towards the tunnel after going off late in the first half of Jamaica’s quarterfinal Concacaf Nations League match against Canada on Saturday night.

Antonio remained for over ten minutes after suffering the injury, and West Ham is reportedly upset about this as well as the condition of the ground at Independence Park in Kingston.

It is hoped that Antonio’s injury will only cause him to miss up to six weeks of work after he returns for examinations. In the worst situation, Antonio might not return for up to nine months.

Antonio has participated in every game the team has played in the Premier League this season, scoring two goals. In addition, he has entered the game as a substitute in two of the team’s Europa League group-stage games this season.

Additionally, Jarrod Bowen has rejoined the team following a minor knee injury sustained while playing for England internationally.

Antonio’s loss coincides with research showing that injuries sustained by European football players increased during the World Cup in Qatar during the winter of last year. The cost to clubs of letting their players stand on the bench has increased by almost thirty per cent.

The results are contained in a study by the insurance company Howden Group Holdings Ltd., located in the City of London.

The research states that teams in the top five leagues in Europe incurred an injury cost of €704.9 million in the previous season, an increase from €553.6 million the year before. The cost of injuries is determined by the report using the players’ wages and the duration of their injuries.

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