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Parlour: Noble is fine

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Ray Parlour provided a positive injury update on midfielder Mark Noble after speaking with him on Tuesday.

The Arsenal legend told Alan Brazil he bumped into the captain and the host asked if Noble was “good”, likely referencing the injury he picked up in the 3-0 loss to Burnley.

Parlour shared that Noble was good as his injury wasn’t as bad as thought, and seemed to suggest that his chances of being fit for the Tottenham clash were good.

“Yeah he’s good, his injury is not as bad as thought,” said Parlour on talkSPORT (6:13am, November 13th, Wednesday).

“He went off against, Burnley, poor result, but I think, hopefully, he is fit for the Tottenham game which is the next game coming up for West Ham.”

OPINION

It seems fans can breathe a sigh of relief as Parlour seemed pretty confident that Noble’s injury wasn’t anything to worry about.  The 32-year-old limped off in the 20th minute of the loss to Burnley, and it’s probably no coincidence that his side went onto collapse completely without him on the pitch. After all, Noble takes his role of club captain very seriously and seems to be the player ensuring heads don’t drop and that everyone keeps striving to give their all, even when the game turns against them. This wasn’t lost on Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson either as he suggested Manuel Pellegrini might as well have hauled all his players off on Saturday as soon as he lost Noble to injury. The experienced midfielder has averaged one tackle per game across his 10 League outings, as per WhoScored, and has somehow averaged making 1.3 fouls per game as well, so the could potentially cope without him based on his stats, but what he offers from a captain’s perspective is so important that if he is missing for the clash with Tottenham, you won’t end up backing the Hammers to get the win.

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