West Ham United are set to be without Michail Antonio for their visit to Elland Road to face Leeds United on Friday.
According to Football.London, Antonio is set to miss out on the game as the forward continues to struggle with a hamstring problem.
The 30-year-old was forced to sit out the 3-1 home defeat to Manchester United on Saturday night, with Sebastien Haller starting in his place.
Football.London said: “Sebastien Haller started in Antonio’s place and the Ivorian is expected to lead the line once again on Friday night when the Hammers travel to Leeds United with Antonio set to miss out again as West Ham look to bounce back.”
No Antonio good for Llorente
Having just played against Olivier Giroud at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, the Leeds defence can now prepare themselves to play another traditional ‘target man’ in the form of Haller.
Goals have certainly not been free-flowing for Haller following his move from Eintracht Frankfurt, with the French-born striker netting just twice in the Premier League this season, as per Transfermarkt.
During his debut season, he only found the back of the net seven times in total and has since looked a shadow of the player that dominated in Germany, scoring 24 goals in two Bundesliga campaigns.
Haller’s inclusion in the team could be good news for Diego Llorente, who may be required to start following Robin Koch’s injury against Chelsea. Despite a few nervous moments for the Spaniard at the Bridge, Llorente won 80% of his aerial duels on the night, as per Wyscout.
Up against a goal-shy striker, it could be another good opportunity for the £18million defender to get up to speed in the Premier League.
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