Declan Rice sweating on knee injury that could harm his England Euros hopes

Declan Rice is sweating on a knee injury that he is desperately hoping will not end his West Ham United season or put his European Championship hopes at risk.

West Ham manager David Moyes and England manager Gareth Southgate are waiting nervously on news of Rice’s injury, with both men praying for good news.

Midfielder Rice suffered a knee injury while on international duty in the last of England’s three World Cup qualifiers, against Poland, and will miss Monday night’s game against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

It is understood Rice has been wearing a protective brace to make sure he does no more damage, while he and West Ham wait for the swelling to go down and for the results of scans.

The initial fear is that Rice could miss four weeks, which would mean he could still play a part in West Ham’s run-in and be part of Southgate’s England squad for the European Championships.

But the worst case scenario would require Rice to miss the rest of the campaign or even have to undergo surgery, which would almost certainly mean rule him out of the Euros.

That is a huge concern to Moyes and Southgate, as Rice, who has been one of the Premier League’s top performers this season, is central to both of their plans for West Ham and England.

Rice is understood to have taken a kick to the knee during the Poland game, but played on and was awarded the man of the match award for his performance.

Southgate is already sweating on the fitness of Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson and any fitness doubts over Rice, who was outstanding for England last week, would present a major issue.

Similarly, Moyes desperately needs to have Rice available as West Ham attempt to keep up their push for Europe over the Premier League run-in.

Moyes will have to do without Rice against Wolves tonight, but will hope he can play again this season as the Hammers attempt to keep their unlikely Champions League bid alive.

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