Sky Sports team surprised as Declan Rice momentarily forced off in Arsenal clash as commentator says ‘it’s news to me’


DECLAN RICE left commentators stunned after he went off the pitch to put his CONTACT LENSES in during Arsenal’s clash with Crystal Palace.

During the first half at Selhurst Park, the England midfielder, 24, left the field as two members of Arsenal‘s medical team attended to him.

Twitter @SkySportsPLArsenal’s medical team tried to put his contact lenses back in during the game[/caption]

Thumbs up from Declan Rice after sorting out his contact lenses…

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Twitter @SkySportsPLRice ended up putting them back in himself[/caption]

However, it was not an injury that needed sorting but his contact lenses.

After one of the medical staff attempted to put them in, Rice ended up doing it himself.

But the game continued without him, before he swiftly made his way back onto the field.

And commentators Seb Hutchinson and Alan Smith were surprised at the revelation that Rice wears contacts.

Smith said: “Oh, he wears contact lenses.”

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To which Hutchinson replied: “It’s news to me. I’m not keeping track of which players wear glasses off the pitch.”

He then went on to add: “Well, when he was down on his haunches there was that worry. They’ve lost so many players to injury already this season.”

Following the brief pause, Rice then returned to the field as social media reacted.


One said: “Never knew he had contacts tbf.”

Another added: “Mad that a man with dodgy vision is one of the best midfielders in the Prem.”

While a third responded: “Should’ve gone to Specsavers.”

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Rice joined Arsenal from West Ham last month in a deal worth £105million.

He lifted the Community Shield in his first game with the club, before helping them to a 2-1 victory over Nottingham Forest in their Premier League opener.

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