West Ham captain Mark Noble has been ruled out of next weekend’s Premier League fixture against Brighton and Hove Albion.
Claret and Hugh report that the Hammers skipper will be fit in time to re-join the squad against Watford at Vicarage Road in two weeks, and that once recovered to full fitness Noble will be back in the starting XI, partnering Declan Rice in the midfield.
Football London went one step further and confirmed that the midfielder was out with a dead leg picked up at an unknown time. Noble had previously featured in pre-season for the Hammers.
With Noble out of the squad, Jack Wilshere will likely retain his spot in the Hammers starting XI as he did in the 5-0 defeat against Manchester City, however, the former Arsenal man himself picked up a knock in that match, forcing the midfielder to come off in the second half.
Given Wilshere’s history with injuries, West Ham fans were expecting the worst after the game, but the midfielder later admitted to the Evening Standard that he was fine, saying: “I got a dead leg but I am fine. That is part and parcel of playing in the Premier League, you get kicks. I am alright.”
“I feel good physically. I had a good pre-season but you probably need a couple of games in the Premier League to get up to full speed. I am feeling confident about the season.”
Another player who is expected to be fit for next weekend’s clash against Brighton is Felipe Anderson, who also came off injured against City last Saturday in the opening game defeat, but just like Wilshere, the Brazilian winger will likely be fit in time for the trip to the Amex Stadium.