Roy Hodgson has hit out at Mexico's treatment of West Brom striker Carlos Vela during the past two weeks.
The Baggies head coach fears he may not be available for Saturday's home Barclays Premier League clash with Liverpool after making a 12,000-mile round trip to play in two friendly internationals with Paraguay and Venezuela, although he did not feature in either game.
The on-loan Arsenal player may not arrive back in England until Friday morning, and Hodgson told the Birmingham Mail: "I think it is disastrous to have players go away for friendly matches for the length of time it takes to go to Mexico. I'm not confident Carlos will come back in the right physical condition."
He added: "I believe he has not played much for Mexico so I think from his personal viewpoint, as a West Brom player, this has been nothing but negative.
"I can't see anything positive about him being away for such a long period of time - but I can't stop him going."
Hodgson does not expect much sympathy from the Mexican FA.
He said: "They make sympathetic noises but then immediately forget you have phoned because they are not interested.
"They're interested in Mexico. They don't care about West Brom and couldn't care less whether we go stay up or go down."
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