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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.

Sullivan slams 'utterly false' rumours he and Gold want to sell West Ham shares

David Sullivan says he and David Gold have no intention of sellling their shares in West Ham Credit: PA

David Sullivan has dismissed suggestions that he and joint-chairman David Gold are actively seeking to sell their shares in West Ham.

A report on Tuesday claimed the duo were looking to sell part of their stake in the club but Sullivan, who owns 51 per cent of West Ham, branded the rumours "utterly false".

It is no secret that both David Gold and I see our long-term futures as custodians of West Ham United.

We have never once viewed West Ham United as a short-term project and plan to be here for many, many years, bringing further progress to the club on and off the pitch, and success to our loyal supporters.

It disappoints me to see an article published that is so utterly false.

– David Sullivan


West Ham captain Noble given time off by Slaven Bilic

Slaven Bilic has retained Mark Noble as captain throughout his time at West Ham Credit: PA

Mark Noble has been given time off by West Ham manager Slaven Bilic in a bid to rediscover his best form.

Hammers skipper Noble has been singled out for criticism by a section of fans following some underwhelming performances by the team this season.

Last term Noble was being touted for an England call-up but his form has dipped - and Bilic feels the responsibility of captaining his boyhood club during a challenging campaign this time around is weighing down the Canning Town-born midfielder.

Noble will be taken out of the firing line against Leicester on Saturday after aggravating a dead leg at Bournemouth last weekend, and Bilic has backed the 29-year-old to come back stronger after the international break.

He is the captain and is doing everything for the club. He is exactly what a captain should be, but sometimes it is too much.

Sometimes he takes it home and thinks about that - not only about him but about the club.

A man can take only what he can take, basically. I spoke about that with him. He is not available for Saturday and after that we have an international break.

I left it to him, his decision whether to go somewhere for a week and come back as strong as he was. I have no worries about Mark.

– Slaven Bilic

Bilic: Leicester vindicated in decision to sack Ranieri

Slaven Bilic of West Ham and Claudio Ranieri, formerly of Leicester Credit: PA

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic admits Leicester have been vindicated in their decision to axe Claudio Ranieri.

The Italian's sacking last month met with widespread condemnation after he led the Foxes to their shock Premier League title success last season.

But Leicester have been rejuvenated under Ranieri's replacement, Craig Shakespeare, having won back-to-back domestic games before Tuesday's epic victory over Sevilla to secure a place in the Champions League quarter-finals.

Bilic, whose side host the now flying Foxes on Saturday, was among those baffled by Ranieri's departure - but says the results since he left do not lie.

I said after they changed manager what I thought about it and still I don't understand it. But if you talk about results and performances they got what they wanted.

Still for me it was a bad decision, Claudio did very decently with them. But it's the nature of the job, you are the first one to pay the price.

No one can say it was the wrong decision, the three results have been brilliant and the team looks different.

It's a different team to four weeks ago. They played extremely well especially against Sevilla. It's a great result for them and for English football.

In all those three games they looked very lively, three wins on the spin including qualifying for the quarter-finals of the Champions League gives them a big boost.

– Slaven Bilic
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