West Ham can retain Europe push despite injuries, says Michail Antonio

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The Hammers are currently sixth in the table and through to the fifth round of the FA Cup.

West Ham United can maintain their push for European football despite their growing injury list, Michail Antonio has told the Mirror.

The Hammers are currently sixth in the Premier League table; two points clear of Southampton in seventh and only two points behind Manchester United in fifth.

They are also pushing in the FA Cup, having managed to overcome Liverpool on Tuesday night to progress to the fifth round of the competition.

That came at a cost though, with Winston Reid, Cheikhou Kouyate and Joey O’Brien all limping out of the 2-1 win with injuries.

Antonio though, is not concerned with their growing injury problems and insists that they can maintain that push for Europe despite them.

“We’ve definitely got the squad. We’ve got depth. We’ve already shown it this season,” he told the Mirror.

“We lost six of our strikers and hung in there. Now we are starting to lose defenders. But we have shown that we’ve got the resilience.”

“We’ve got to show that we’ve got the players that can step up and do the job that is needed.”

If West Ham are to fulfill their hopes of qualifying for Europe next season, it appears as if Antonio will have a big part to play in it.

The winger initially struggled to break into the team earlier in the campaign since joining in the summer, but with injuries ravaging the squad, has firmly taken his chance and proven his worth to Slaven Bilic’s side.

He is at present one of their key men, with several big goals to his name in recent weeks alone, and will be hoping he can maintain that form in their remaining games this season.

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