Rice sidelined by knee injury

  • by Staff Writer
  • Monday, 5th April 2021

Declan Rice could be out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.

The news that every West Ham supporter would have been dreading came last night as it was revealed the England international had sustained a knee injury during the last of England's three World Cup qualifiers against Poland.

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And it is feared the injury could curtail his season, with early estimates predicting the 22-year-old could be sidelined for anywhere between four to eight weeks.

Rice, who received the Man of the Match awards for his performances against Albania and the Poles played the full 90 minutes at Wembley last Wednesday, despite sustaining a knock.

However KUMB understand the injury was exacerbated in training upon returning to West Ham, with first reports of a potential problem leaking from the club on Sunday evening.

Those reports have been picked up by the nationals today (Monday), with the Telegraph reporting how Rice has been wearing a knee brace until the extent of the injury is confirmed.

And the prospect of Rice having to undergo minor surgery is yet to be ruled out, which could potentially rule him out of England's European Championship campaign this summer.

Of more immediate concern for David Moyes and West Ham is that Rice will definitely miss tonight's trip to Wolves, where he is likely to be replaced by Mark Noble in the centre of midfield.

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News of the injury, which threatens to derail West Ham's season is not the first time West Ham have suffered as the result of a key player being injured while on international duty.

Striker Dean Ashton saw his career ended by a training ground tackle by Sean Wright-Phillips 14 years ago, a player whose value to West Ham mirrors that of Rice.

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