West Ham manager David Moyes is desperate for a return from midfielder Declan Rice

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West Ham manager David Moyes is desperate for ‘incredibly important’ Declan Rice to return ahead of pivotal part of The Hammers’ season

  • Talisman Rice has missed the Hammers’ last four games with a knee injury
  • They didn’t keep the last six clean and got 12 against them in the process
  • And Moyes described the 22-year-old as ‘incredibly important’ to the team

David Moyes says Declan Rice’s return could help West Ham stop leaking goals and get their push for the Champions League places back on track.

West Ham has not kept a clean sheet in the last six games – conceding 12 goals – and faces Burnley on Tuesday-evening after consecutive defeats.

Rice has missed the last four games after sustaining a knee injury while on the England service in March, but he insists on Burnley.

West Ham manager David Moyes has discussed how important Declan Rice is by his side

Midfielder Rice, 22, sustained a knee injury while on duty for England and has been out four games

Midfielder Rice, 22, sustained a knee injury while on duty for England and has been out four games

“You don’t usually have Declan Rice,” Moyes said when asked about the recent poor defensive record.

‘Is he that important? I think so, yes. He is incredibly important. We let him train a bit. He has made good progress, we are satisfied and ahead of schedule. We will try to keep pushing him. ‘

Successive defeats to Chelsea and Newcastle have hurt West Ham’s pursuit of a top four finish in the Premier League.

Hamers haven't kept the last six clean, and Moyes is desperate for Rice's return

Hamers haven’t kept the last six clean, and Moyes is desperate for Rice’s return

But Moyes believes they can stay in the race until the end of the season.

West Ham faces Southampton on the final day and Moyes said: ‘If we could get the supporters back with European football, that would be great.

“Nothing would please me more than to say to the West Ham supporters, ‘Let’s get ready, let’s go through Europe’.”

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