West Ham could be facing a potential injury boost ahead of the visit of Tottenham after the international break, according to Claret & Hugh.
Jack Wilshere – whose entire career has been plagued by consistent injuries – picked up a groin strain against Everton last month and had been sidelined from action ever since, but has now returned to first-team training ahead of next weekend’s tie at the London Stadium.
This is especially crucial given the recent injury to captain Mark Noble.
The ex-Arsenal midfielder, who has only made six Premier League appearances for the Hammers this season (only two of those coming from the start), has missed the Irons’ previous three league games.
However, the east Londoners have taken just a single point from a possible 12 in those three matches against Sheffield United, Newcastle and Burnley, drawing 1-1 with the Blades at the end of October.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side face Tottenham next weekend in Saturday’s early kick-off, in a huge match that they will perhaps feel confident in taking something from considering their opponents’ dreadful away form.
Spurs haven’t won away in the league since January and are currently really struggling this term. The north London club sit 14th in the top flight as things stand – just one point and two spaces above West Ham – heading into next week’s London derby.
A win for the Hammers would see them overtake Mauricio Pochettino’s men, though a defeat does leave them open to being leapfrogged by 17th-placed Aston Villa, should the West Midland side beat Newcastle in their respective fixture at Villa Park.
Having Jack Wilshere back in the side to face a team that he has such a passionate, personal rivalry with due to his years at Arsenal will be a huge boost for West Ham.
Early reports suggest that Noble could miss next week’s clash through injury, so having a player of Wilshere’s quality to replace him in the heart of midfield, next to Declan Rice, can only be viewed as a positive for the Irons.
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