West Ham will be 'buzzing' at 'great news' from Antonio - Kenny
Michail Antonio will not join up with Jamaica for the international break – and that is “great news” for West Ham.
So says ex-Premier League goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 31-year-old centre-forward.
Antonio was named in Jamaica’s 23-man squad for their upcoming World Cup qualifier triple-header.
But West Ham’s record Premier League goalscorer has announced that he will not join up with the national team, as relayed by The Sun on 6 October.
He cited “logistical and travel difficulties” and claimed he remains “fully committed to Jamaica”.
Antonio remains the only striker on the books at the London Stadium and has six goals and four assists in just eight appearances this season.
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Kenny insists that everyone at West Ham will be delighted that there is no chance of Antonio picking up an injury on international duty.
“It’s great news for them,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“It’s tough at the moment with all the travel logistics. You’ve got to self-isolate and get your jabs. It’s all getting really complicated.
“With him not going away, West Ham will be buzzing. He is a key player for them and they want him on that pitch.
“I’m sure Antonio doesn’t want to miss any games either, so I think it’s the right choice.
“I bet there was a big sigh of relief from the staff there at West Ham as well.
“He’ll be sticking around for the next couple of weeks and then he’ll be raring to go again after the break.”