West Ham United fans have been given new hope over the return of Declan Rice.
That’s after the West Ham talisman posted a picture of himself in rehab training back at Rush Green just days after being injured.
Rice missed the win at Wolves and there were fears he could be out for around two months.
Rice selfie back at West Ham training less than a week after injury sparks fresh hope
Thankfully for West Ham and England his lateral knee ligament injury does not require surgery.
But West Ham fans feared he could still miss a large portion of their run-in after the 22-year-old was pictured wearing a protective knee brace while watching the Wolves victory from home.
There is renewed optimism that he will play again this season, though, after Rice posted a picture of himself on Instagram using an anti gravity rehab machine at Rush Green.
The post on Rice’s Instagram stories is no longer available – as is standard with the ‘story’ feed on the social media app. The post has not been deleted as claimed elsewhere.
Dec back ‘workin’ and best case scenario could see him return for final three or four matches
The image was captioned ‘Workin’ by Rice as he was pictured with West Ham physios in the gym.
It will undoubtedly spark fresh hope over a speedier than expected return to action for the midfield enforcer.
West Ham have acted quickly to get Rice on the road to recovery.
David Moyes’s side moved up to fourth with the win over Wolves.
And they will stay there if they beat Leicester on Sunday.
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Indeed the Hammers will go just a point behind the Foxes with a win at the London Stadium.
Rice will obviously not be available for the game.
But going by a best case prognosis on recovery of four weeks, he could well be available for the final four games of the season starting with Everton on May 8th.
With three extremely winnable matches to finish the campaign, Rice’s return for any of them would give West Ham a massive boost at the perfect time.