David Moyes provides injury update on Danny Ings as he confirms West Ham will not sell Michail Antonio this month

Ings arrived for £12m from Aston Villa to help bolster the Hammers up front but suffered a knee injury shortly after coming off the bench to make his debut against Everton last weekend .

It’s an issue that will likely keep the 30-year-old out of upcoming Premier League fixtures against Newcastle and Chelsea, with a potential return against Tottenham on February 19.

Ings would not have been available to face Derby on Monday night in the FA Cup anyway, having previously played in the competition for Aston Villa, and Moyes was relatively optimistic as he briefed reporters on the situation.

“Danny would be cup-tying for this game and hopefully he won’t miss too much,” Moyes said.

“He had an injection in his knee and we hope to get him back fairly quickly. We felt we could add to what we have.

With Ings and Gianluca Scamacca both out, Antonio is set to lead the line against Derby despite continued speculation over his future.

The striker confirmed this week that he is in talks over a potential January exit, with Wolves among the clubs interested, although he remains the Hammers’ only fit striker.

West Ham maintain they will not sell Antonio this month, a clear position from Moyes has not changed.

“Micky is someone who talked about his future, rather than the club,” said the West Ham boss.

He added: “We have no intention of doing anything. We want Mick to be here, to play well, to score goals and we will be happy to have him.

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