There is one positive to come out of West Ham United ace Declan Rice being forced to miss four-six weeks of action through injury.
You would have thought the world had ended earlier today when it was confirmed that the 22 year-old suffered a knee injury whilst on international duty with England.
Losing Declan Rice through injury is a huge blow. Of course it is. But what’s done is done.
The West Ham players, David Moyes and the fans have to move on now.
We have done so well this season, and any kind of negativity could well stop us in our tracks.
So let’s try and be positive.
It’s not the end of the world. If David Moyes is smart and finds a way to adapt his team, the Hammers could very well still make a strong push for the top six.
Declan Rice injury has one key positive takeaway
Perhaps with Rice out for the next four weeks or so, Conor Coventry will finally get his chance to play regularly for the senior team.
The 21-year-old midfielder has been really impressing at youth level recently. The Hammers starlet earned a call-up to the Republic of Ireland international squad as a result.
Coventry has racked up six goals in 15 games for West Ham’s developmental side so far this season (Transfermarkt).
The young midfielder ha similar attributes to Declan Rice. He is a powerful runner, tenacious in the tackle and has an impressive range of passing. It could be Coventry’s time to shine.
And if Moyes gives the 21-year-old the opportunity to do just that, it could end up being the silver lining to losing Declan Rice at such a crucial point in the season.