Mark Noble is unlikely to play for the entire 90 minutes in West Ham’s upcoming clash against Wolves, according to Claret & Hugh.
The news outlet claims that although the 32-year-old is fully fit, he might not start and finish the match at Molineux on Wednesday night due to his age and the fact he’d be playing two games in five days.
Noble has made 13 appearances in all competitions for West Ham this season and has not missed a Premier League fixture since injury ruled him out of the 1-1 draw at Brighton in mid-August.
It is understandable. Noble has played a lot this season and with the festive period about to kick-off, it would not be a surprise to see Manuel Pellegrini start to take into account the upcoming hectic schedule. Noble is someone who is not getting on a bit but he is someone who needs to be protected during this period. He had an injury at the start of the season and has been rotated a couple of times by the Chilean boss, so there’s even a chance he might not start at all at Wolves. Jack Wilshere is the most likely replacement for Noble but there are other options like Pablo Fornals who can sit in the deeper role in the midfield. West Ham will be on a high after their 1-0 win at Chelsea but a trip to Wolves is always going to be a tough game. Sheffield United picked up a point at Molineux on Sunday. Maybe the Irons can do the same, or better, this week after the win at Chelsea.