April 11, 2021

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West Ham star Declan Rice suffered the injury while playing for England (Picture: Getty)

West Ham star Declan Rice insists he is still in ‘good spirits’ despite suffering a knee injury that could rule him out for the rest of the season.

The Hammers confirmed on Monday evening that Rice had started a period of rehabilitation to recover from a lateral knee ligament injury, which he suffered whilst away on international duty.

The midfielder sustained the injury in the closing stages of England’s 2-1 World Cup qualifying win over Poland at Wembley last week.

He said: ‘I’m of course disappointed to have picked up this injury but I’m in good spirits, have started my rehab already and hope to be back on the pitch with the lads soon.

‘While I’m not able to be out there, I’ll be giving everything I can to work towards what and supporting the team as we look to continue our very positive season.’

Hammers boss David Moyes added: ‘It is disappointing. We knew after the England game that he wasn’t going to be available but anyway we move on.

‘We have been over the disappointment of that feeling. It gives other people opportunities and that’s what squads are for and hopefully we have got the squad to deal with it.

‘We know we’re missing a good player but the team has been playing really well this year.’

West Ham’s head of medical services Richard Collinge, meanwhile, said: ‘It was a rather innocuous challenge which has caused the injury but unfortunately these things happen in football.

‘Declan has approached the situation positively and in an exemplary manner which is no surprise to us, while he’s in peak physical condition and we hope that will assist with his return to action.

‘We started his rehabilitation immediately as we all target a full and speedy recovery.’

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