West Ham dealt major blow with key man 'doubtful' for Leeds United clash

The Hammers make the trip to Elland Road on Friday night.

Thursday, 10th December 2020, 1:52 pm

West Ham forward Michail Antonio is doubtful for his side's trip to face Leeds United on Friday night, says David Moyes.

The Hammers striker has been missing in recent weeks due to a hamstring complaint that saw him miss last weekend's defeat to Manchester United.

Antonio was sidelined last month before returning to face Aston Villa in late November, suffering a second injury which has seen him head back to the treatment room.

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West Ham forward Michail Antonio. Pic: Getty

Fellow attacker Andriy Yarmolenko should return to Moyes' squad for the visit to West Yorkshire, having received the all clear following a positive coronavirus test whilst on international duty.

Defender Ryan Fredericks is the only other Hammers injury concern - the wing-back is currently recovering from a groin strain.

"Probably doubtful," Moyes said over Antonio's fitness during his pre-match press conference.

"He's still recovering at the moment so at this moment in time, I'd say he'll be doubtful for the game.

"Most of them are okay at the moment. Ryan Fredericks is the one who's just come back - had an injury for a day or two.

"He had a groin strain and hurt it slightly, but we're hoping he'll be okay as well."

Marcelo Bielsa meanwhile has been hit by a double defensive blow with central defenders Robin Koch and Diego Llorente ruled out.

Koch has undergone knee surgery this week and is set to be missing for up to three months with Llorente picking up a muscular problem, which will leave him absent for several weeks once again.

Pablo Hernandez and Jamie Shackleton have been given a clean bill of health for the clash in LS11 while long-term absentee Adam Forshaw remains sidelined.