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West Ham boss David Moyes facing biggest Michail Antonio worry yet after Jamaica call-up
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West Ham boss David Moyes facing biggest Michail Antonio worry yet after Jamaica call-up

West Ham United boss David Moyes is facing up to his biggest Michail Antonio worry yet.

West Ham have made a superb start to the season, carrying on from where they left off last term.

Antonio – the club’s only bona fide striker – has been key to that with six goals and four assists in his first seven games.

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The Premier League player of the month for August makes West Ham tick. But the powerhouse is always liable to suffer injuries based on his record at West Ham over the years, particularly with his troublesome hamstrings.

But the 31-year-old’s decision to switch allegiance to Jamaica already had West Ham fans and Moyes concerned ahead of this season – particularly after the club elected not to sign a new forward in the summer window.

Last month Antonio lasted just 70 minutes of his Jamaica debut on a pig of a pitch after a 10,500 mile trip.

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Thankfully he returned to West Ham unharmed. But his performance in the club’s next game – a 0-0 draw at Southampton – was laboured and leggy as he grew frustrated and was sent off late on.

Now Moyes faces an anxious October international break after Antonio was called up for Jamaica’s latest squad.

If Antonio answers the call and is permitted to travel by West Ham – which at the time of writing is not entirely clear with no official confirmation from the Hammers – he faces playing three games in just six days and will have to embark on another 10,000 mile round trip.

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Jamaica are playing catch-up in their World Cup qualifying campaign. And as a result they face USA in Texas before taking on Canada at home and are then away to Honduras.

Moyes has made it perfectly clear West Ham would never stand in the way of players representing their countries.

And Antonio has showed no signs of any injury issues thus far this season.

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But the toll on his body of the extra travelling and playing three high intensity games in quick succession will be a huge concern for West Ham and Moyes.

It may be that Antonio joins up with the Reggae Boyz on the strict understanding he does not play in all three matches. Certainly not two close together.

West Ham fans will be keeping more than their Hammers crossed when Antonio does jet off for the October internationals.

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