West Ham boss David Moyes discussed Michail Antonio and his recent commitments to Jamaica when speaking to reporters this morning.

The 31-year-old Hammers attacker has been away on international duty with his country, playing a part in three games in six days.

Antonio played 71 minutes against Mexico, the full game against Panama and 58 minutes last night against Costa Rica.

Read also: Antonio shares what he really thought when West Ham didn’t sign a striker on D-day

The former Nottingham Forest ace already looked extremely jaded before he went away to link up with the Jamaican nation team.

West Ham boss David Moyes discussed Michail Antonio during his pre=-match press conference this morning
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It’s not just the fact that he’s played three games in quick succession for his country but he’s also clocked up about 11,000 air miles.

Even without playing so many football matches, you would be tired after all of that travelling. Nobody feels good after a long-haul flight do they?

David Moyes opens up on Michail Antonio disappointment

The Scot was speaking to reporters this morning ahead of our FA Cup clash with Kidderminster Harriers tomorrow afternoon.

The Hammers have one of the thinnest squads in the top flight. And it seems as though we could be stretched to the limit tomorrow in the FA Cup.

Moyes responded to reporters when asked when he expects Antonio to be back in London, as quoted by WHUFC.com:

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“Mich will arrive back from Jamaica at 11 ‘o clock today.”I think the biggest problem is that the scheduling for all the games is really tough for the people doing it.”The people who get affected are the players first and foremost, but if you’re a Club playing their wages, it’s hardly correct you get a player back at 11 ‘o clock on a Friday morning to play at 12.30 on a Saturday.”

Moyes certainly has a point.

Antonio jetting away to the Caribbean midway through the season, playing three games and then returning just 24 hours before West Ham have a game to play just doesn’t seem right.

There was a simple solution for the Hammers of course – to sign a striker during the January transfer window. That didn’t happen for reasons that aren’t entirely clear.

We just have to get on with it now though.

And hopefully Micky returns to East London in good condition at 11 am this morning.

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Di Marzio claims West Ham tried to sign £35 million-rated 30-year-old striker

Report: West Ham rejected the chance to sign ‘special’ £220k-a-week player on D-Day

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