Sunday 27 Sep
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Declan Rice: We've been preparing as normal

Declan Rice


Declan Rice says West Ham United's preparations for Sunday evening's visit of Wolverhampton Wanderers have not been impacted by this week's positive Covid-18 tests for manager David Moyes, issa Diop and Josh Cullen.

The Hammers trio learned of the positive tests in the run up to Tuesday's Carabao Cup meeting with Hull City, meaning they have had to self-isolate since.

But Rice has revealed that the squad are still hearing the manager's instructions loud and clear on the training ground, with Moyes remaining in constant contact with his coaching staff via Zoom calls.

As the east Londoners look to build on their positive performance at Arsenal a week ago, Rice knows the team will be well set-up to gain their first Premier League points of the campaign.

"We have been preparing for the Wolves game this week in the same way as normal," the midfielder said. 

"The gaffer has told the coaches what he wants the sessions to consist of and has been talking to them about the game-plan for Sunday, and they have obviously passed that on to us.

As players, we just need to focus on Sunday and getting our first three points on the board, which will be massive for us

Declan Rice

"The coaching staff here are very experienced and any one of them could easily step up to cover the manager. You’ve got Pearcey, Kevin Nolan who has already been a manager at Notts County, Alan Irvine who has been in the game for years, and Paul Nevin.

"We believe in all four of them, they are great coaches, and we are going to be ready for whatever they tell us we need us to do.

"It’s obviously strange – who would have thought a year ago that we’d be sat here talking about something like this. We’ve sent messages out to Josh and Issa, and we obviously wish them well.

"But as players, we just need to focus on Sunday and getting our first three points on the board, which will be massive for us."