David Moyes worry as insider delivers an update on Declan Rice and defender Ben Johnson for Wolves with the Hammers medical team assessing the situation.

As first reported by Hammers News, there has been injury concern surrounding Rice after he was spotted walking gingerly and feeling his knee following a challenge in England’s draw with Germany.

West Ham hearts were in mouths when Rice stretched out a leg to make a challenge in the middle of the pitch.

Afterwards Rice was seen bent over for some time rubbing his knee both at the front and behind.

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Channel 4 coverage showed a replay of the moment with co-commentator Graeme Le Saux suggesting Rice might have hurt himself by over-extending in the challenge.

Rice played on and finished the game. And there did not appear to be any further issues.

But it will bring back bad memories for West Ham who saw the midfielder do exactly the same thing playing for England at the tail end of the 2020/21 season, where he also played on after hurting his knee.

Then when he returned to West Ham it was discovered he had a knee injury and was ruled out for around two months.

There are fears Rice could face a spell on the sidelines, where Johnson has spent the last few weeks.

Moyes will worry as an insider delivers an update on Rice and the defender for Wolves with the medical team assessing the situation.

The Scot – who reportedly has five games to save his job starting with Wolverhampton Wanderers this weekend – will be hoping for positive news on both players.

According to a Hammers insider speaking to Claret and Hugh, Rice is expected to be passed fit for the massive clash while Johnson also a chance.

“The Hammers skipper has been strongly rumoured as having possibly sustained an injury whilst on international duty when overstretching and could be ruled out for a crucial game,” Claret and Hugh report.

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“However, although no details of the “injury” have been revealed a key insider told Claret and Hugh that Dec was expected to be fit for a game which could see us rise above the visitors and out of the bottom three.

“Our source explained that the medical staff were taking a look at that they were reasonably confident he would be available to take his place in the starting line-up.”

The insider rates Johnson’s chances of a return at 50 per cent.

The jury is still very much out on Johnson long term but he is seen as a better option than Vladimir Coufal by many at this present time.


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