West Ham ‘furious’ as Reggae Boy Antonio picks up injury during int’l duty – reports
Reggae Boy Michail Antonio. (Photo: @jff_football)

English Premier League club West Ham United is reportedly enraged after Reggae Boy Michail Antonio suffered a knee injury during Jamaica's first leg of the Concacaf Nations League quarterfinal match against Canada at the National Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

According to US media reports, Antonio is flying back to England for a scan as concerns grow that the forward could miss the rest of the season with damage to his medial knee ligament.

The 33-year-old went off late in the first half of the match and was seen limping down the tunnel. The Reggae Boyz lost 2-1 in that matchup.

READ: Canada beat Reggae Boyz 2-1 in first leg of Nations League quarterfinal

West Ham is understood to be angry because Antonio played for more than 10 minutes after sustaining the injury, while they are reportedly unhappy with the state of the pitch at Kingston’s Independence Park.

Antonio will return for tests and there are hopes that he may only miss up to six weeks with the injury. The worst case scenario is that Antonio could be absent for up to nine months.

He has scored two goals this season and appeared in all of the club’s Premier League matches so far. He has also come on as a substitute in two of the club’s Europa League group matches so far in this campaign.

Jarrod Bowen has also returned to the club after suffering a minor knee injury on international duty with England.

Bowen is West Ham’s leading scorer and did not travel to North Macedonia with Gareth Southgate’s squad for Monday night’s game.

Southgate said: “We felt better to leave him in England so that he can get it properly assessed.

“I don’t think it’s going to be anything serious, but we just didn’t have enough time, and we wouldn’t take a risk with that player.”

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