What is it with West Ham and players getting crocked while on international duty? The news that every Hammers fan dreaded, but in a way anticipated, of the injury Declan Rice picked up while playing against Poland has been greeted with as much doom and gloom as can be shown.
West Ham were, or still are, on the threshold of attaining a Champions league place, but news of Rice's injury is the biggest downer fans could possibly have received, the incredibly influential midfielder is definitely out of tonight's squad facing Wolves at Molineaux, but there is a distinct possibility he may well be out for the rest of the season.
This could have a serous impact on Gareth Southgate's plans for the Euro's, but pardon our French, "bugger Southgate!" Rice is yet another Hammer to be sidelined by an injury picked up while playing for his country, he joins Manu Lanzini, and before him Dean Ashton as well as David James, as yet another casualty.
Fans are rightly proud of seeing their players on the International stage, but it comes at a cost, unfortunately the cost of Rice's injury is almost inestimable, but it probably has put to bed any chances the club had of finishing in the top four, even the top six now looks unlikely!
Moyes will probably start Mark Noble in Declan's place, and the team will inevitably go on to lose the game, as they have done in every other match that the 'captain' has started thus far in the season, it could only happen to West Ham! - Ed