By West Ham Zone speaking to Frank McAvennie

15th May, 2021 | 11:10am

McAvennie doesn't want Moyes to risk Rice in West Ham clash v Brighton

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David Moyes will only start Declan Rice when West Ham take on Brighton Saturday night if he’s 100 per cent fit, according to Frank McAvennie.

Speaking ahead of the game on Friday, Moyes failed to disclose whether or not Rice, 22, is able to play at the AMEX [Football.London].

However, the midfielder has been back in training for at least a week and ExWHUemployee reported on Twitter he’s likely to be in contention for the trip to Brighton.

McAvennie doesn’t want to see Moyes risk Rice but if he is able to play, he claims the England midfielder is likely to replace Manuel Lanzini.

When asked if Rice will replace Lanzini, McAvennie told West Ham Zone: “Yes, I think so.

“I like Rice, if he’s going to come back then it probably means he’s going to the Euros so I think David will help him – that’s for sure.

“He’s a wonderful talent. He’s been great, he’s been the captain.

“David won’t put him in if he doesn’t think he’s fit enough. If he’s fit and he’s in the team then it means he’s ready so I would imagine the fans wouldn’t have to worry about it because Moyes won’t put him in unless he’s ready.

“He won’t put him in to be sentimental because it could injure him again and stop him getting to the Euros. If he plays, it’s because he’s fit enough.” 

Rice has missed West Ham’s last six Premier League fixtures in which the Hammers won three times and lost three.

The Irons have also conceded 10 goals in their last six matches without Rice.

It’s pretty clear that West Ham’s defensive performances have suffered without the highly-rated middle man.

Let’s hope he’s back in time to play Brighton because they’re a team that can cause us issues if they’re on form.

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