Declan Rice has suffered a knee injury which has left West Ham and England seriously concerned.
The midfielder returned from international duty last week with the issue and will not play in West Ham’s Premier League clash at Molineux on Monday.
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Rice has been in a protective leg brace since returning to West Ham towards the end of last week.
He had played the full 90 minutes for England against Poland on Wednesday night, putting in a man-of-the-match performance.
Rice is set for further tests to determine the severity of the injury but David is preparing to be without his key man for both West Ham’s games this week – at Wolves tonight and at home to Leicester on Sunday.
While the club are hoping Rice will return soon, there are real worries that he could face a number of weeks – or even months – out of action.
That will be a huge blow for West Ham and potentially put his European Championship hopes in jeopardy.
Rice has become arguably West Ham’s most important player and has been an ever-present since the start of the 2019/20 season.
He has been key to West Ham’s incredible campaign so far which has them chasing an unlikely top four spot and Champions League qualification.
Rice has also become an integral part of the England team and Gareth Southgate will hope he returns to action soon, with the youngster nailed-on for a place in his Euros squad if fit.
Mark Noble, the club captain, is expected to take Rice’s place in the West Ham starting line-up against Wolves.
A win for the Hammers tonight will move them above Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham and into the top four.
Reacting to the news of Rice’s injury on talkSPORT, Tony Cascarino said: “When you look at the role Fabinho does at Liverpool and that N’Golo Kante does for Chelsea, that is what Rice does for West Ham.
“He sits, he can pick things, he can see things, players trust him. He does the simplistic things that can affect a team really well, and he keeps the ball.
“It is a huge blow. He is West Ham’s best player.
“David Moyes has done an exceptional job of finding solutions and that is what he has to do with Declan Rice out now.”