By James Murray

21st Nov, 2023 | 12:10pm

Journalist: West Ham United fans to pray after 'massive' development emerges

West Ham fans will be praying that the injuries sustained by Jarrod Bowen and Michail Antonio are not too serious, according to Paul Brown.

Speaking to GiveMeSport on Monday (20 November), the former Daily Star journalist said it would be “massive” for the Hammers if the attacking duo were “out for some time” after picking up injuries while away on international duty.

He added that the pair are “key players” for the Irons as he believes people “underestimate” how good 26-year-old Bowen is after his performances for the club over the past few years.

“West Ham fans will pray that Bowen’s injury is nothing serious,” said Brown. “He was sent home by England because they decided they didn’t want to take a risk on him, and it was better for the club to assess his fitness and how bad this injury is themselves. I think that was a wise move for all parties.

“We don’t have any indication of how bad this might be. So, I think it’s a case of waiting to see what Bowen’s scan results show. I’m sure we’ll find out over the next few days.

“But losing Bowen and having Antonio out for some time would be massive for West Ham. Those two are key players and the driving force of their goal-scoring threat. I think people underestimate just how good Bowen is, frankly. So, I think everyone will hope it’s nothing too serious.”

Nervy times

There will be plenty of nerves around everyone associated with West Ham to find out what the results are of the injuries suffered by both players while on international duty.

Although there will be concerns around 33-year-old Antonio, most of the focus will be on Bowen as he is one player that the Hammers simply can’t do without.

It does sound, however, as though the England international’s knee injury isn’t too bad and there is a chance he could play against Burnley on Saturday (25 November) if he can overcome the knock in the next few days.

It’s looking a bit bleaker for Antonio, though, after he suffered ankle ligament damage while away with Jamaica, potentially keeping him out for the next few months.

That will leave the Irons short on forward options as the out-of-form Danny Ings is the only other senior option that’s realistically in with a chance of starting for the side.

In other West Ham news, a journalist has detailed how likely a former Irons favourite is to replace David Moyes.