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Declan’s classy gesture after horror injury

Declan Rice made sure to inform the Burnley bench that Ashley Westwood had sustained a terrible injury in the 1-1 draw on Sunday, according to the club’s interim boss Michael Jackson.

The former U23 boss was installed as the temporary manager after Sean Dyche was sacked earlier this week.

Burnley performed well throughout the 90 minutes, and could have been 2-0 up at half-time but Maxwel Cornet missed a penalty after Wout Weghorst’s opener.

The big story coming out of the game, of course, is Westwood’s injury, as he appeared to break his ankle after an innocuous clash with Nikola Vlasic, which left the Hammer in tears.

Jackson has confirmed after the game that Rice actually took it upon himself to speak to the Burnley bench in the immediate aftermath, confirming that Westwood was in serious pain.

Speaking after the game, as quoted by the Newham Recorder, the temporary Burnley boss said: “He’s gone to hospital and we’re waiting for an update. We’re hoping he’s OK, our thoughts are with him.

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“You could see it wasn’t good from the reaction of the players. He looked distraught, but fingers crossed, we hope it’s OK.

“When you see Declan Rice come over and say it’s not good, you know it’s not. The lad himself put his hand up, and he doesn’t usually go down.”

Everyone at ClaretandHugh wishes Westwood well.

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About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.