West Ham duo Declan Rice and James Collins have both picked up injury issues leaving them as absentees for the club’s FA Cup clash against Shrewsbury Town on Tuesday, according to an insider.
Twitter account ExWHUemployee, who have established themselves as a reliable source of insider information on news surrounding the club, has stated that the youngster, who has already established himself as a fans’ favourite with his bright performances, is missing due to a hamstring strain, while Collins has picked up a knock.
Declan Rice is out injured with a slight hamstring, cresswells wife has gone into labour, Collins has a knock! Martinez and Oxford starts!!! ⚒
— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) January 16, 2018
They are joined by Aaron Cresswell in missing the game, with the report stating his wife has gone into labour, meaning that David Moyes is missing a trio of first team figures.
Rice, 19, has been something of a revelation at the London Stadium this season, having made 17 appearances for the senior side after his debut during the last campaign, with the defender making an outing in each of their last four league games.
Veteran defender Collins meanwhile has eight appearances under his belt this season, including the full 90 minutes in the club’s last match, a 4-1 win over Huddersfield in the Premier League.
The club are hosting the League One title hopefuls at the London Stadium after the reverse clash finished 0-0, with the winners knowing they will face a fourth round tie away at either Bournemouth or Wigan, who also need a replay.
n other West Ham news, the club have opened talks over the transfer of a powerhouse forward with European title holders.