West Ham United ace Declan Rice released a photo to his Instagram over the weekend showing him running on a running machine without a knee brace.

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And that is truly brilliant news for the Hammers.

The 22-year-old picked up a knee injury whilst on international duty with England at the beginning of April. He has subsequently missed out last three games against Wolves, Leicester City and Newcastle United.

David Moyes’s men muddled through against Wolves and Leicester without Rice but my word, did we miss him against Newcastle.

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Our top four hopes hinge heavily on how quickly we are able to get Rice back playing again.

Some reports suggested that West Ham could have the 22-year-old back and available for our last three games of the season.

Rice is an incredibly fit and physically robust young man, however.

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And perhaps he will be back and involved for West Ham’s Premier League run-in sooner rather than later.

Declan Rice injury boost?

The 22-year-old posted the below picture to his Instagram account over the weekend:

The photo certainly represent progress for Rice.

The West Ham ace is running on an anti gravity treadmill designed to take pressure off the knees and ankles. It is still a big boost, however.

We need Dec back as soon as possible. Let’s just hope and pray that he returns to the Hammers starting XI before the original prognosis suggested.

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