It is uncertain whether West Ham will have Declan Rice, Nayef Aguerd, and Tomas Soucek back in the squad for the match against Manchester United on May 7, according to reports, writes the WHZ.
Although the Hammers are optimistic that the trio will recover in time for the game, there is still no official confirmation. West Ham was without the three players in their recent match against Manchester City, which ended in a 3-0 defeat and saw Erling Haaland break the record for the most goals in a Premier League season. A source from West Ham informed Claret and Hugh that they are hoping for the trio’s return but it is still too early to confirm.
C&H wrote: “A Hammers source told Claret and Hugh: ‘Hopefully they will all be available but it is still too early to confirm’.”
West Ham felt Rice’s absence acutely in the match against City, lacking anyone to both disrupt play and carry the ball from defense. When Rice, who is often the team’s linchpin, is not available, the Hammers seem rudderless and short on ideas. Although his departure this summer will be a source of sadness for fans, they will have to accept it and move forward.
The club will undoubtedly receive a substantial transfer fee for Rice, which can be reinvested to bolster the team for next season, ideally under a new manager. While there have been discussions about selling Tomas Soucek, there have also been indications that he might be offered a new contract. He has played solidly in recent games, and his return against Manchester United will provide the team with stability in midfield.