Jack Wilshere is set to miss West Ham United’s match against Newcastle United on Saturday through injury, as reported by the club’s official channels.
Speaking in his press conference before the home game, Manuel Pellegrini stated: “Jack Wilshere is with some small problems and he’s not 100% fit. For him, it is a risk to come back before he has a complete recovery.”
In other injury news, Lukasz Fabianski and Michail Antonio are both recovering from their respective surgeries, with the latter expected to be available after the international break.
Wilshere has made four starts and four substitute appearances across the Premier League and Carabao Cup this season, as per WhoScored, getting a goal against Newport County in that time.
However, he wasn’t included in the squad for the 1-1 draw against Sheffield United and will likely be left out of the Newcastle match.
This could come as a cause for concern when the 27-year-old’s injury history is considered, as he missed a total of 30 games while out with ankle problems last season, as per Transfermarkt.
It is a smart move for Pellegrini to insist that Wilshere will not be used until he is 100% fit, especially because of the aforementioned injury record from last season.
There is still a chance that Wilshere can be an asset for the Hammers, but the reality is that Pellegrini needs to manage his fitness properly and that is seemingly what he is doing here.
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