West Ham ace Declan Rice has admitted that it has been horrible having to keep fit without daily training sessions with his teammates, when speaking exclusively to talkSPORT yesterday.

Football is currently in the midst of a hiatus because of the ongoing global health crisis.

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The Premier League is currently scheduled to return to action at the end of the moment, but in truth that seems highly unlikely as things stand.

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Declan Rice (Photo by Rob Newell – CameraSport via Getty Images)

With so much doubt surrounding when action will actually resume, it is a tough time for footballers. They, of course, are all responsible for their own fitness. But that is sometimes easier said than done.

Hammers ace keeping fit on his own

And West Ham starlet Declan Rice opened up to talkSPORT about just how challenging recent times have been for him and his teammates:

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Declan Rice (Photo by Rob Newell – CameraSport via Getty Images)

“It is really tough because we’re used to training every day and in a strict routine and to have that taken away from us it is really tough, mentally it is really tough. Mentally when you’re running on your own it is horrible, you just want it over and done with but when you’re training with your team it just flies by. I miss getting up and going to training.”


Peoples’ health and well-being is obviously the utmost priority at the moment. And when it is safe to do so, football will return and hopefully put some smiles back on the faces of many people around the world.

West Ham are in real trouble. So whenever they return to action, they will have a proper relegation battle on their hands.

And Rice will be a key player for David Moyes’s side for their final nine games.

Let’s just hope that the Hammers ace has kept himself in fine fettle both mentally and physically over the past month or so.

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