Many West Ham United fans are convinced poor training ground pitches and facilities are partly to blame for their horrendous injury record over the years.

Last season Manuel Pellegrini had to endure the worst injury record in the top flight, read full story here.

And that has been par for the course over the last two decades.

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Is Rush Green causing injuries?

In fact it has got so bad, supporters often joke about how long it will take for their big summer signings to pick up injuries.

When Pellegrini revealed the news that record £45million signing Sebastien Haller AND the man he took that title from, Felipe Anderson, were both injury doubts just one game into the new season, it sent social media into a meltdown.

And it was not long until West Ham fans were blaming everything from the Rush Green training pitches to the medical team.

It is not without foundation of course. Slaven Bilic famously expedited the first team’s move from Chadwell Heath to Rush Green because he believed the pitches were too hard (The Guardian).

And footage of the training ground since has seen some supporters accuse the club of failing to provide facilities befitting a Premier League football club.

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Scottish legends dispel myth

But former West Ham striker Clive Allen and Scottish football legends Ally McCoist and Alan Brazil appear to have dispelled what is becoming something of an urban myth.

 

Speaking on talkSPORT on Friday the trio – who have all spent time at Rush Green recently, McCoist and co-host Brazil being invited down by Scotland international Robert Snodgrass last week – were gushing with praise.

“Alan and I were at West Ham’s training ground last Thursday and we had a great morning there with the boys,” McCoist told talkSPORT.

“I was expecting to go to Chadwell Heath Clive because that’s where we played wasn’t it,” Brazil interjected.

“I believe it’s really good,” Allen added.

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Upgrade was money well spent

“The pitches (at Rush Green) were magnificent,” Brazil responded.

“We were out on the actual training pitch and (Allen interjects: “It makes you want to play again doesn’t it”) oh my it does yes, the pitch was magnificent, the surface was brilliant.”

West Ham co-owner David Gold revealed last month several improvements were made to Rush Green over the summer, read full story here.

One of those included ripping up and replacing the pitches with the same turf the team plays on at the London Stadium.

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