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Irons doc targets speedy Dec recovery

Richard Collinge, West Ham’s Head of Medical services, has given a big update on Declan Rice’s injury blow.

The Hammers star has been ruled out for a number of weeks with a knee injury sustained on international duty with England. 

While playing with the Three Lions, he received a kick on his knee from a Poland player, and he now faces a period on the sidelines.

Rice is currently wearing a protective brace on his knee, and Collinge says that his rehab will commence immediately as the Hammers look to get him back on a pitch before the end of the season.

Per the club’s official website, he has sustained a lateral knee ligament injury, and it remains to be seen if that will heal on its own, or if it will require surgery; he will be monitored continually by the club’s medics.

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Speaking to the official website, Collinge said: “It was a rather innocuous challenge which has caused the injury but unfortunately these things happen in football. Declan has approached the situation positively and in an exemplary manner which is no surprise to us, while he’s in peak physical condition and we hope that will assist with his return to action. We started his rehabilitation immediately as we all target a full and speedy recovery.”

The Hammers beat Wolves 3-2 without him on Monday night to climb into the top four, and Rice hopes to be back in the team sooner rather than later.

He said: “I’m of course disappointed to have picked up this injury but I’m in good spirits, have started my rehab already and hope to be back on the pitch with the lads soon. While I’m not able to be out there, I’ll be giving everything I can to work towards that and supporting the team as we look to continue our very positive season.”

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2 comments on “Irons doc targets speedy Dec recovery

  1. Dawson has been confirmed as signed.

  2. Apart from our great performances and current league position, one of the most interesting features of this season is our relative lack of injuries compared to recent years. Declan’s got injured with England, we’ve had a few absentees through Covid and Antonio’s hamstrings aren’t something any medical marvel can cure, unfortunately. Is it luck or are our current medical team doing anything different this year? Maybe the Moyes method of hard physical work is a factor.

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