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West Ham United suffer Michail Antonio injury blow ahead of Man United clash

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West Ham United have been dealt an injury blow ahead of their home clash with Manchester United this weekend.

The Hammers welcome Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to the London Stadium on Saturday night.

The teatime clash will have extra spice with 2,000 supporters in attendance – the first Premier League game to be played in front of fans in 271 days.

But the hosts have been dealt an injury blow.

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Manchester United were hit by a double Neymar sucker-punch as they lost 3-1 to Paris Saint-Germain in their crucial Champions League match on Wednesday.

It means United travel to Germany needing a point from their final group match against RB Leipzig to qualify for the last 16.

Before then, the Reds have a tricky Premier League trip to West Ham to negotiate at the weekend.

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Forward Michail Antonio will miss the clash with a recurrence of a hamstring injury.

Hammers’ chief and former United boss David Moyes issued an update on the forward earlier today.

He said: “Michail won’t be available for the game.

“Hopefully it’s not too bad. He’s still having a bit of a problem with his hamstring.

“It’s something different but we hope he won’t be too long.”

Antonio, who has three goals in seven outings this term, only returned to the side for last week’s win over Aston Villa after missing more than a month.

He played 45 minutes against Dean Smith’s side before being replaced at the break.

Moyes confirmed that Seb Haller will likely take Antonio’s place in the starting XI.

He also provided an update on another player, Andriy Yarmolenko. The Ukraine international was struck down with Covid-19 last month.

He added: “Andriy is recovering, he has trained the last few days now.

“You’re never sure how quickly they will recover [from the virus], but the good news he’s back, he’s fit and healthy and has been training the last few days.”

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