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Why Michail Antonio is missing for West Ham vs Tottenham

Why Michail Antonio is missing for West Ham vs Tottenham

West Ham in Carabao Cup action

David Moyes’ West Ham will aim to continue their strong Carabao Cup run when they take on Tottenham Hotspur in the quarter-final stage.

The Hammers have already beaten Manchester United in the third round, and Manchester City in the fourth round, in order to get to this point, and will have to find another massive performance in order to overcome a strong Tottenham side, albeit one without Heung min-Son.

The Hammers themselves have also fielded a strong line-up, reverting to a back three and welcoming back Ben Johnson after injury, although Aaron Cresswell remains out so Athur Masuaku continues to fill in.

The big news, however, was the absence of Michail Antonio.

Why Antonio is missing

Eyebrows were raised when Antonio was not spotted in the squad, even though he has not netted in the Premier League since September.

However, as per reliable source @EXWHUemployee on Twitter, the Jamaican star misses out after having tested positive for COVID-19.

This will almost certainly rule him out of his side’s Boxing Day clash with Southampton as the Hammers look to reclaim a spot in the Premier League’s top-4 after stuttering as of late.

More broadly, however, it reiterates their clear need for another striker come January, with Jarrod Bowen asked to lead the line this evening against Spurs, but not a long-term solution should anything more serious happen to Antonio.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 22 41 56
2 Liverpool FC 21 37 45
3 Chelsea FC 23 28 44
4 West Ham United 22 11 37
5 Tottenham Hotspur 19 4 36
6 Arsenal FC 20 8 35
7 Manchester United 21 5 35
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 20 2 31
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 21 0 29
10 Leicester City 19 -3 25
11 Crystal Palace 21 -1 24
12 Southampton FC 21 -8 24
13 Aston Villa 20 -5 23
14 Brentford FC 22 -11 23
15 Leeds United 20 -15 22
16 Everton FC 19 -10 19
17 Watford FC 19 -14 14
18 Norwich City 21 -35 13
19 Newcastle United 20 -23 12
20 Burnley FC 17 -11 11

Premier League 21/22

Topscorers
Disciplinary
Assists
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 16
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 8
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 8
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 8
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 8
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 8
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 7
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 7
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 6
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 6
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 6
Maddison, James Leicester City 6