West Ham United boss David Moyes has spoken out on the current football situation amid the global health crisis.
Moyes was speaking to beIN Sports as football – and indeed much of the world – continues to find itself in limbo.
West Ham’s battle with relegation has been put on hold after the Premier League was shutdown for the foreseeable future.
There is growing uncertainty over when, how – and even if – the campaign will resume.
West Ham were 16th in the table with nine games to go when football was brought to a shuddering halt.
West Ham relegation battle on hold
But the Hammers are only outside the relegation zone on goal difference.
The football authorities are keen to complete the season to retain the integrity of the sport.
That has given rise to a series of proposals and contingency plans.
There appears to be a growing acceptance matches will have to be behind closed doors.
And there is a leaning towards the remaining games being wrapped up as quickly as possible.
Moyes lifts lid on his big West Ham worries
Moyes had been counting on home advantage giving West Ham an edge in the run-in with six of their matches at the London Stadium and several of them against teams in the bottom half.
But the Scot told Richard Keys and Andy Gray on beIN Sports that his big concern is injuries to players returning to training and then a condensed intense spate of games having barely kicked a ball for months.
“Four weeks will be an ideal situation, but this is not an ideal scenario,” Moyes told beIN Sports about the time needed to prepare before resuming matches.
“I think three weeks is what we will get (to prepare). If everything is correct and the players have kept fit.
‘A lot of games in a short space of time’
“I don’t see it quite like a close season where the players are off for six weeks, I think they will have kept themselves in better condition.
“I hope we can start a little quicker.
“A bigger worry now is the injuries we are liable to pick up, during the three week training period (and) the period we will have to play a lot of games in a very short period of time.”