West Ham coach David Moyes is desperate for midfielder Declan Rice to return

West Ham coach David Moyes is desperate for ‘incredibly important’ Declan Rice to return before the crucial part of the Hammers’ season

  • Talisman Rice has missed the Hammers’ last four games with a knee injury.
  • They haven’t kept a clean sheet in their last six, conceding 12 in the process.
  • And Moyes described the 22-year-old as ‘incredibly important’ to the team.

David Moyes says the return of Declan Rice can help West Ham stop the goal leak and get the Champions League spots back on track.

West Ham have not kept a clean sheet in their last six games, conceding 12 goals in the process, and will face Burnley on Tuesday night after back-to-back losses.

Rice has missed the last four games after suffering a knee injury in England’s service in March, but is pushing to face Burnley.

West Ham coach David Moyes has spoken about how important Declan Rice is to his side

22-year-old midfielder Rice suffered a knee injury in England and has been out for four games.

22-year-old midfielder Rice suffered a knee injury in England and has been out for four games.

22-year-old midfielder Rice suffered a knee injury in England and has been out for four games.

“It’s mainly not having Declan Rice,” Moyes said when asked about his team’s recent defensive record.

‘Is he that important? I think so. It is incredibly important. We have made him go back to training a bit. He has made a lot of progress, we are happy and he is advanced. We will try to keep pressing it.

Back-to-back defeats by Chelsea and Newcastle have hurt West Ham’s effort to finish in the top four in the Premier League.

But Moyes believes they can be in the running until the end of the season.

West Ham take on Southampton on the final day and Moyes said: ‘If we could get the fans back with European football, that would be great.

“Nothing would give me greater pleasure than saying to West Ham fans: ‘Let’s get ready, let’s go to Europe.’

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