The club source revealed that the midfielder won’t be involved in first-team training just yet, and will continue to undergo one-on-one sessions with a physio – that have been happening for the past week.
On or off the pitch, Noble is a massive asset for West Ham to have. The skipper will still be in the changing room offering his experience to every member of the squad, and his presence on the pitch has been sorely missed. Jack Wilshere has stepped into midfield but the reality is that the former Arsenal man is a totally different player to Noble. The England international is an attacking player, who likes to get on the ball and run at the opposition, whereas Noble is a battling enforcer who is there dictate play but offers a strong presence in defence on top of that. This season, Wilshere has only averaged 0.5 tackles per game and has yet to complete a single interception or block – compared to Noble last season who averaged 1.5 tackles, 0.7 interceptions, and 0.4 clearances per game according to WhoScored. West Ham’s defence needs strengthening, and the return of Noble could help with just that.