Writing on Twitter, reliable West Ham United insider ExWHUemployee has explained that Declan Rice’s return to the side is ‘unlikely’ to come against Everton this weekend and he could miss the encounter.
The Lowdown: Moyes missing Rice
Irons boss David Moyes has been without star man Rice since he picked up a knee injury on international duty at the start of last month, with the Scotsman implementing various changes to cope.
The likes of Mark Noble have been used in the 22-year-old’s stead to partner fellow midfield colossus Tomas Soucek while traditional attacker Manuel Lanzini was even placed in that role against Burnley.
Moyes, providing his latest Rice update on Friday, remained cryptic in regards to a timeframe for Rice’s return to the side – merely stating he hopes to have the Englishman available as soon as possible (football.london).
The Latest: ExWHUemployee shares information
Writing on social media, reliable insider ExWHUemployee has said Rice could miss the Everton clash this weekend and is more likely to be back for the Brighton game.
When asked by a supporter if there is any chance Rice could be fit for the Toffees encounter, Ex explained in a five-word message (via Twitter): “Unlikely, more likely Brighton game”.
According to reports, the Hammers are also set to be without Noble and Andriy Yarmolenko while Angelo Ogbonna and Arthur Masuaku have been given just ’50/50′ chances (Claret & Hugh).
The Verdict: Big blow for Hammers?
The colossal midfield star has been, arguably, Moyes’ most important player all season-long – making the most interceptions per 90 out of any West Ham player (WhoScored), being a key component of their defensive record.
England manager Gareth Southgate backed the ‘outstanding’ star earlier this season when waxing lyrical over his ball recovery in midfield (whufc.com), and as the Irons continue chasing their European dream, supporters will be praying for his return as soon as possible.
If Manchester City can do them a favour by beating top four rivals Chelsea this afternoon, depending on West Ham’s result against Everton tomorrow, the race for a Champions League spot could be blown wide open.
Rice’s return will come as a welcome boost for the final two games, but judging by this ExWHUemployee update, he is unlikely to feature at the London Stadium on Sunday.
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