Mark Noble has been ruled out of West Ham’s clash against Brighton at the AMEX on Saturday with a dead leg, according to Claret & Hugh.
The reliable Irons news website claims that Noble, 32, should be ready to return to action when Manuel Pellegrini’s side take on Watford at Vicarage Road in just under two weeks’ time.
Noble made 32 appearances in all competitions for West Ham last season and it is understood that Jack Wilshere may lose his spot in the starting line-up if he does not improve upon his Man City display against Brighton this weekend.
It would be simplistic to say that West Ham missed Noble on Saturday because, at the end of the day, Manchester City can absolutely annihilate any team that stands in their way when they are on top of their form. Wilshere was not in the best of form against Pep Guardiola’s side but even if Noble was fit and ready to go, it’s not like the club captain would have been able to make much difference. Noble was superb last season for the Hammers but it would be fair to say that he has his limitations and at the age of 32, this season could be the toughest yet for the central midfielder if Wilshere manages to stay fit. The ex-Arsenal man is likely Pellegrini’s first-choice in the middle of the pitch alongside Declan Rice. Noble can change that if he plays well but Wilshere can also stop him from having that chance to prove himself if he improves against Brighton on Saturday.