Declan Rice is set to miss the next game West Ham play in a new blow during a miserable run of form and luck David Moyes.
West Ham have won just once in six Premier League games, have been dumped out of the Carabao Cup by rivals Spurs and fallen out of the top four.
With injuries impacting West Ham of late the last thing Moyes needs is to lose his best player Declan Rice.
Confirmed: Declan Rice to miss next West Ham game in new blow for David Moyes
And that’s what will happen for West Ham’s next match after Rice picked up his fifth booking of the season in the first half against Southampton.
Rice was booked for a scissor challenge on Albanian forward Armando Broja.
And it means he will now be suspended for West Ham’s next game against Watford as a result of totting up disciplinary rules. The Hornets had to postpone their Boxing Day fixture due to Covid cases.
So it could be West Ham’s trip to Vicarage Road is postponed given it is just two days away.
That would mean Rice is instead suspended for the New Year’s Day trip to Crystal Palace.
West Ham will now have to play either Alex Kral or Mark Noble, neither of whom have had much game time at all this season.
And when they have, both have – somewhat understandably – looked well off the pace physically.
How many yellow cards before a player is automatically suspended?
West Ham player know they face a one-match ban if they receive five yellow cards in domestic competitions.
Any Hammer who receives 10 yellow cards will get a two-match ban and a player with 15 yellow cards will get a three-match ban.
In the unlikely event that a player receives 20 yellow cards they will suffer the humiliation of being forced to attend a special hearing at the FA to discuss their conduct.
In the Europa League, West Ham players will be banned for receiving three yellow cards.