By West Ham Zone speaking to Frank McAvennie

19th Nov, 2021 | 6:10pm

Frank McAvennie: West Ham duo Rice and Fornals to start v Wolves amid recent absences

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Frank McAvennie expects Declan Rice and Pablo Fornals to start for West Ham at Wolves on Saturday despite their recent international absences.

Rice, 22, was withdrawn from the England squad last week due to illness while Fornals, 26, didn’t make the bench for Spain’s 1-1 draw against Sweden on Sunday despite featuring in Greece three days prior, though it has since emerged that he and his partner have had their first child which could explain his absence.

But ex-Irons star McAvennie believes the duo will be in action at Molineux this weekend.

“I hope so,” McAvennie told West Ham Zone when asked if the duo will start on Saturday. “Fornals is the one I thought, when [Jesse] Lingard came in, was going to drop out. But he kept his place and he was incredible the way he stepped up to the mark. You’ve got to give credit where it’s due and he’s been a wonderful talent for West Ham. I don’t see him not playing at the weekend.

“On Rice, all this nonsense about too much game time and that kind of stuff, he’s only a young boy, David Moyes will know that. Those two coming straight back in, I’ve got no problem with that.

“If there’s any niggles there then go and play an hour and then if there’s any tweaks or anything they can come off.

“I’m a great believer in putting someone in if they’re okay, because if you put someone on and it goes then you bring them straight off, whereas if you bring them on as a sub you’re in trouble if you’ve made all your subs.

“Give them a half, see how they are, and if they’re okay they’ll play on.”

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