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West Ham lose striker Michail Antonio for six weeks with hamstring injury as Premier League fixture crush causes injuries to rise... as Chelsea boss Frank Lampard calls for return to five subs per match West Ham's Michail Antonio could be out for six weeks with a hamstring injury Antonio was injured in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Man City and will miss two games The Hammers star's blow is the latest in a long list of Premier League injuries Chelsea boss Frank Lampard wants to revert back to five substitutions-a-game 

By Dominic King and Kieran Gill for the Daily Mail

Published: 22:31 GMT, 29 October 2020 | Updated: 23:02 GMT, 29 October 2020

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Michail Antonio is facing six weeks out with a hamstring tear as the number of Premier League stars with soft tissue injuries nears 50 per cent more than at the same stage last season.

In a devastating blow to West Ham, striker Antonio was substituted in the 52nd minute of last Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Manchester City with what scans have revealed to be a Grade 2 hamstring tear.

Hammers boss David Moyes had hoped that the injury was not too severe but Antonio, who had scored three goals in six games, will miss Saturday’s trip to face Liverpool at Anfield, along with the London derby with Fulham.

West Ham forward Michail Antonio (middle) could be out for six weeks with a hamstring injury

West Ham forward Michail Antonio (middle) could be out for six weeks with a hamstring injury 

The Hammers star came off in the 52nd minute of Saturday's 1-1 draw with Manchester City

The Hammers star came off in the 52nd minute of Saturday's 1-1 draw with Manchester City

Jurgen Klopp’s side have their own injury issues, with star defender Virgil van Dijk out with knee ligament damage and his replacement Fabinho expected to be sidelined for three weeks with his own hamstring injury.

As of last weekend, there had been 78 examples of players suffering muscular injuries, according to data collected by Premier Injuries, which is a 42 per cent increase on 55 from the previous campaign.

As well as Van Dijk, high-profile casualties this season have included Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne and Leicester striker Jamie Vardy.

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