West Ham have taken a big hit, expecting Michelle Antonio to be out for at least a month.
Hummer’s main man, who drew 1-1 with Manchester City last weekend, suffered a hamstring injury and scans showed it was worse than the first fear.
David Moyes has become one of his longest-serving players as Premier League champions Liverpool begin their journey on Saturday.
TalkSport understands that he has been facing for more than four weeks, although Moyes hopes he will be back soon.
At his press conference before the Anfield clash, Hummers boss said: “We don’t think it’s too bad but he’s out of the game, that’s for sure.”
The versatile 30-year-old has been in great form as a central forward since returning to football in June, scoring 11 goals in 13 games in 100 days.
He has played a key role this season, having been caught three times in six Premier League appearances, and the Hammers have surprised many with their great performances.
Moyes had a tough run of fixtures to start the campaign but picked up eight points and has improved considerably in recent weeks.
After losing their first two games to Newcastle and Arsenal, West Ham lost to Wolves and Leicester and drew with Tottenham and Man City.
Moyes mentioned how important Antonio was when he spoke on TalkSport after Saturday’s draw with Man City, where he did the third of his promotions.
He said: “It was a great goal. Mickey (Antonio) has become so important, he was a bit like Marco Arnautovic when we were here a few years ago.
“We needed someone to achieve our goal and we have to play in the same way to lift the pitch. Mickey can do it because he’s powerful and fast
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