West Ham United midfielder Mark Noble could be getting close to his return from injury, as reported by Football.London.
Speaking about his captain, Manuel Pellegrini was quoted as saying: “Mark Noble is recovering from his calf injury. I think that next week he will work with the team.”
This could mean that the game at Vicarage Road, where Noble scored twice during the final game of last season, could come too soon for him.
Noble made 29 Premier League starts for West Ham last season, coming off the bench twice, scoring five goals and assisting another five, as per WhoScored.
He highlighted that he can still make an impact defensively – even with Declan Rice taking the brunt of the midfield’s defensive work – as the skipper chipped in with 1.5 tackles, 0.7 interceptions and 0.4 clearances per game.
The 32-year-old was also effective with his passing, as he completed 85.3% of all those he attempted while making 0.7 key passes and 4.4 long balls per game.
While he is obviously ageing, Noble showed last season that he can definitely still be an important player for the Hammers for much more than just his leadership when looking at the stats above.
He may have a fight on his hands to get back into the starting line up with the competition in West Ham’s midfield this campaign, but he could certainly be a useful option for Pellegrini to have.
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