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West Ham give Andriy Yarmolenko time off due to Ukraine war as David Moyes admits ‘he’s not in a good position’


WEST HAM have granted Andriy Yarmolenko time off due to the conflict in Ukraine.

Russia’s invasion of his homeland has had a strong impact on Yarmolenko, says boss David Moyes.


West Ham have given Andriy Yarmolenko time off due to the war in Ukraine[/caption]


Yarmolenko has won over 100 caps for his country[/caption]

He adds the winger and his family are going through a very ‘difficult time’.

And Yarmolenko will play no part in West Ham’s clash with Wolves on Sunday.

The 32-year-old was born in Russia to Ukrainian parents, who returned to the Eastern European country when Yarmolenko turned 3.

The winger became a national hero during his time with Dynamo Kyiv, scoring 137 goals in 341 games while winning three league titles.

And Yarmolenko has also gone on to score 44 goals in 106 games for his country.

But with war raging on back home in Ukraine, he is now set to take some time away from training and games with West Ham.


Moyes said: “He’s not in a really good position, I’ve got to say. We’ve given him a few days off and it’s totally understandable.

“The club have been very good, asked me to speak with him and if there’s anything we can do for him, we’ll certainly help him.

“He’s asked me just now if he can have a few days off and I’ve granted him that.

“It’s a real difficult time for him and his family, and we respect that.”

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