West Ham captain Mark Noble has given the update that he’s recovered from an injury problem and he expects to be back in the squad after the international break.
The Hammers midfielder has missed the last two games with a rib problem, watching on from the sidelines as his team lost to reigning Premier League champions Liverpool and beat newly-promoted Fulham.
David Moyes’ side sit 12th in the league table as it stands with 11 points from eight games and their next Premier League fixture is away to Sheffield United on 22 November, which is followed by a home match against in-form Aston Villa at the end of the month.
Noble is a bit-part player this season that has started just one league game so far and his last top-flight appearance was at the beginning of October, but he remains in the senior figure in the dressing room at the London Stadium.
The 33-year-old is set to be available again to his manager Moyes for the next match and will help strengthen the options from the bench.
“I trained yesterday and all good so I’ll be training again today and train tomorrow,” Noble told talkSPORT (08:45am, 11 November)
“Because of the international break we’ve got the weekend off so I’ll be back in the squad for the Sheffield Untied game.”
West Ham have two important fixtures coming up after the international break and maximum points from the two games would make it a decent start to the season for them.
They face a Sheffield United side rock bottom of the table with one point all season, while Villa should provide a sterner test with the way they are currently flying under Dean Smith.
But there is certainly enough quality in the West Ham ranks to get a couple of positive results and the league looks wide open this season for any team that can string some consistency together, which is why the Hammers have to be striving for a top-1o finish this year.