West Ham could be about to receive a “massive boost’ with Declan Rice in contention to return from injury tonight.
That is the view of former Spurs and England number one Paul Robinson, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the prospect of the 22-year-old playing against Burnley.
David Moyes told Sky Sports the England international is “ahead of schedule” and suggested he could return to the team at Turf Moor on Monday night.
Rice has been one of the Hammers’ standout performers this season.
He played every minute of all 29 Premier League fixtures prior to his knee injury.
Robinson heaped praise on the “brilliant” midfielder and claimed his form has picked up since Frank Lampard’s dismissal from Chelsea.
“It would be a massive boost to have Rice back tonight,” he told Football Insider.
“He has been brilliant this year. It is between him and Soucek for player of the season for them. David Moyes has utilised those two perfectly this year.
“I think what has been a big help for Declan Rice has been the Chelsea speculation going away. It has gone quiet since Frank Lampard left and previously there was a lot of noise about him going to Chelsea.
“He seems to be in a happy place at the moment and playing well. It will be a big boost to have him back.”
Speaking on Rice, Moyes told Sky Sports: “We’ve had him back training a little bit. We’re not sure exactly what level he’s at but we’ve got a few days before the game on Monday.
“He’s made good progress, we’re happy and I would say he is ahead of schedule. So we’ll try to keep pushing him on if we can.”