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Injured Antonio fails fitness test as West Ham face bottom-of-the-table Blades

Michail Antonio (£6.6m) misses out through injury as West Ham United take on bottom-of-the-table Sheffield United this evening.

Kick-off in east London is at 18:00 GMT.

“Fatigue” was cited as the reason for the striker’s withdrawal in the goalless draw with Fulham in Gameweek 23 and subsequent absence in the FA Cup fifth round last Tuesday.

But another hamstring problem has put paid to Antonio’s involvement tonight, with David Moyes saying ahead of kick-off:

Angelo Ogbonna (£4.9m) is another injury-related absentee but Issa Diop (£4.3m) is fine to feature despite sustaining a knock to the head last week.

Tomas Soucek (£5.4m) is available for selection this evening, of course, after the Football Association swiftly overturned his red card at Craven Cottage.

Initially ‘red-flagged’ in Fantasy Premier League, the Czech midfielder was sold in considerable numbers in the hours after his dismissal.

Over 370,000 FPL managers offloaded Soucek, making him the most-sold midfielder of Gameweek 24.

Antonio also lost a similar number of owners in the run-up to Saturday’s deadline.

Enda Stevens (£5.0m) and Ben Osborn (£4.7m) return for Sheffield United, with Max Lowe (£4.3m) dropping to the bench and John Fleck (£5.6m) missing out through injury.

Chris Wilder said of Fleck ahead of kick-off:

John, unfortunately, was taken ill on Saturday night, early Sunday morning, so he’s just having tests back in Sheffield. He didn’t make the trip down with us.


West Ham United XI: Fabianski, Diop, Dawson, Cresswell, Coufal, Soucek, Rice, Johnson, Lingard, Lanzini, Bowen.

Sheffield United XI: Ramsdale, Basham, Egan, Ampadu, Bogle, Lundstram, Norwood, Osborn, Stevens, McGoldrick, Sharp.

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973 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 14 days ago

    Bench one.
    A. Antonio
    B. Son
    C. DCL

    Currently on Son

    1. Mr Bird
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 13 days ago

      Antonio

    2. SharkyT
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 13 days ago

      A no doubt

  2. Das Boot
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 13 days ago

    Will Werner get the assist for the 1st goal?

    1. Gnu
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      7 months, 13 days ago

      Hope so Bud.

      1. Das Boot
        • 7 Years
        7 months, 13 days ago

        Alright Gnu.
        How's life?

        1. Gnu
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          7 months, 13 days ago

          All things considered not too bad but not great obviously with Covid lockdown.
          How about you

          1. Das Boot
            • 7 Years
            7 months, 13 days ago

            much the same pal. I'm not usually that bothered about being indoors normally but its even getting on my tits now

            1. Gnu
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 12 Years
              7 months, 13 days ago

              Yep, lockdown fatigue. That and the shitty weather isn't a great combo.

    2. Mr. O'Connell
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 13 days ago

      Doubt it. Not a shot. Goalscorer was not his intended target.

      1. Das Boot
        • 7 Years
        7 months, 13 days ago

        ok. cheers. I didn't see it but abc calling it an assist

        1. Das Boot
          • 7 Years
          7 months, 13 days ago

          bbc not abc, abc sang snide songs back in the 80's

          1. Gnu
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 12 Years
            7 months, 13 days ago

            Oi, don't go dissing Martin Fry & Co.

          2. MOTHRA
            • 6 Years
            7 months, 13 days ago

            Someone shot that poison arrow into Antonio’s leg!

  3. AzzaroMax99
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 13 days ago

    Rodriguez or Grealish to Raphina?

    1. SharkyT
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 13 days ago

      Rod

  4. The Smudger88
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 13 days ago

    Antonio to Watkins a good long term move?
    BB 26 WC 30 is the current thinking.
    Cheers