West Ham suffered a heavy blow with Michail Antonio facing at least a month on the sidelines.
The Hammers’ top scorer suffered a hamstring injury in last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Manchester City and analyzes showed it was worse than feared.
David Moyes is now set to find himself without one of his most influential players for a long time, starting with Saturday’s trip to Premier League champions Liverpool.
The 30-year-old all-rounder has been in exceptional form in a center-forward role since football’s return in June after a 100-day hiatus, scoring 11 goals in 13 games.
This season he has scored three times in six Premier League appearances as the Hammers surprised many with their impressive performances.
Moyes’ side have collected eight points in those games against perhaps the toughest schedule of any team.
After losing their first two games to Newcastle and Arsenal, West Ham defeated Wolves and Leicester and drew with Tottenham and Man City.
Moyes highlighted how important Antonio was when speaking to talkSPORT after the draw with Man City on Saturday.
He said, “It was a big goal. Micky (Antonio) has become a bit important like Marko Arnautovic was a few years ago when we were here.
“We needed someone to score us goals and play in front so we could get on the pitch. Micky can do it because he’s powerful and fast.
“We have to hope that the injury is not too serious because he is a very good player and he is doing very well.
It was more serious than initially feared and they will miss their game against Premier League champions Liverpool on Saturday.
You can listen to this match live on talkSPORT with the kick off at 5.30pm.