By Saikat Mandal

23rd Oct, 2021 | 8:00am

David Moyes confirms West Ham striker Michail Antonio is not injured

West Ham will face Tottenham Hotspur in their next Premier League game on Sunday afternoon at the London Stadium.

Ahead of the match, David Moyes has confirmed (as relayed by Tom Clark of Football.London) that Michail Antonio is not injured.

The 31-year-old wasn’t included in the Hammers squad for the game against Genk in the Europa League clash on Thursday.

Considering his previous injury records, his absence led to many speculating whether he has picked up yet another injury.

However, Moyes has confirmed that he was simply rested for the game. West Ham won 3-0, with goals coming from Craig Dawson, Issa Diop and Jarrod Bowen.

Moyes has insisted that he wants to manage Antonio properly.

Lack of options

Antonio has been in terrific form for the Hammers this season. He has scored five goals and provided three assists in the Premier League already, and has one goal to his name in Europa League as well.

He is likely to start against Tottenham on Sunday in a crucial London derby clash, where a victory for the Hammers will see them moving ahead of Spurs in the Premier League.

Antonio is enjoying the form of his life, and Moyes needs to be very cautious with him. West Ham do not have enough back-up options for the striker role, with Moyes using the likes of Bowen to fill in when required.

The Hammers are in fantastic form at the moment having picked up five wins in their last six games in all competitions. They are heading into this match on the back of two consecutive wins in all competitions.

Jamie O’Hara has suggested on talkSPORT that West Ham are the second-best team in London at the moment. A victory against Spurs will add credence to his assessment.

In other West Ham news, Jack Wilshere has predicted major Hammers exit, but reckons one goal would stop it.