West Ham United have been handed a potentially huge boost ahead of their upcoming Europa League fixture.
That’s according to a claim made by Claret & Hugh, who revealed in a recent post that Declan Rice – who missed the Liverpool defeat due to a virus – has travelled with David Moyes and the rest of the West Ham squad to Sevilla.
The club insider went on to state that, while the midfielder is still a doubt for the Europa League round of 16 clash tomorrow evening, it is understood that the 23-year-old is feeling better than he was on Tuesday.
In the update, Claret & Hugh said: “Declan Rice travelled with the lads but there is no certainty at this stage he will play. Although, we understand he is feeling better than yesterday when he was still under the weather with a mystery bug.
“However, no decision on his involvement can be taken until the squad has been in the country for another 24 hours given the importance of the round of 16 game.”
Considering just how vital Rice is within the West Ham side, the news that the England international has travelled to Spain with the rest of the squad – something which leaves open the possibility of the midfielder playing some sort of role in Sevilla – is sure to have left Hammers supporters buzzing.
Indeed, over his 26 Premier League outings in the current campaign, the £75m-rated dynamo has been in the form of his life, scoring one goal, providing four assists and creating two big chances for his teammates, as well as making an average of 1.7 interceptions, 2.4 tackles, 51.9 passes and winning 5.4 duels per game.
Furthermore, the 23-year-old has also been in exceptional form over his four Europa League appearances, bagging a further two goals, in addition to making an average of one interception, 2.8 tackles, 57.3 passes and winning five duels per fixture – with these returns seeing the midfielder average an even more remarkable SofaScore match rating of 7.30.
As such, it is clear to see that even a half-fit Declan Rice would provide a huge boost to West Ham’s chances of leaving the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium with a positive result tomorrow evening – with both Moyes and supporters of the club undoubtedly praying the England ace will be available for selection.