Danny Mills has suggested Declan Rice could miss up to seven weeks of action for West Ham.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-England and Leeds United defender claimed the club are “guessing” the midfielder will be out for four to six weeks.
Rice suffered a knee injury while representing England against Poland in the recent international break.
The official prognosis is a four to six week lay off but West Ham insider ExWHUEmployee tweeted he backed Rice to return quicker as he has not suffered a serious injury before.
Asked whether that could give the 22-year-old an advantage, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “No. An injury is an injury.
“You have to remember they’re guessing at four to six weeks anyhow. Sometimes that’s a stab in the dark.
“We all heal at slightly different rates but it’s only slight. It depends on how bad the injury is.
“There are only three grades of tears, grade one, grade two or grade three but you could just be over the line of grade two or right at the other end of the spectrum on a grade two and that can be two weeks difference.
“He’s young, he’s fit. The injury will take what it takes.
“Whether he’s had injuries before is irrelevant I would say. If you’re injuring the same thing over and over again then yes, it can be a problem but that’s a long-standing issue.
“It will be four to six weeks, it might be three and it might be seven. It could be seven, you just don’t know with injuries.”
A seven-week layoff would see Rice return to full fitness just after the Irons final game of the season against Southampton.
The London-born star will be hopeful he can return for this summer’s European Championships.