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Bilic backs 'little and large' Carroll and Hernandez

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Slaven Bilic is backing Javier Hernandez and Andy Carroll to form a potent partnership and help turn West Ham's season around.

Carroll made his first appearance in five months against Huddersfield on Monday after recovering from a hip injury and is likely to retain his place for Saturday's game at West Brom.

His return brings into focus the role of Hernandez, who joined from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer and has scored twice in his first four league games.

"Definitely they can play together, they are complementary players," Bilic said.

"That was the plan when we got Hernandez. We didn't buy him just because of that but also one of the reasons why he was great for us was because they are two players that can play with each other.

"The little and large striker, it's not that you don't see that in football anymore, a lot of teams play with two strikers.

"It's maybe not exactly like that but you have Fernando Torres and Antoine Griezmann (at Atletico Madrid). Griezmann is the one who is floating, Torres is the more direct.

"You have that maybe less nowadays but it's not old-fashioned. They can play together."

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Antonio's season over due to hamstring injury

Antonio has contributed nine goals and three assists for West Ham this season. Credit: PA

Michail Antonio's season is over after the winger picked up a "significant" hamstring injury, West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has confirmed.

The 27-year-old has contributed nine goals and three assists in 29 Premier League appearances for the Hammers this season.

But in a press conference on Thursday to preview West Ham's clash with Sunderland, Bilic revealed that Antonio will play no further part in his team's fight for Premier League survival.

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