West Ham United midfielder Mark Noble has revealed he’s unsure whether he’ll be fit in time to face Leicester City this weekend.
Noble has been suffering from calf and shin problems, but has been tipped to return to the side for the match against the Foxes as West Ham look to protect their place in the top four of the Premier League.
“We want to keep striving to be better. Obviously I'm just getting over a little injury myself, so whether I get back for Leicester or not I don't know yet. I'm hopeful we can get another set of points on the board,” he told the West Ham website.
Whether Noble plays or not, his return to the squad before Christmas is important because it gives Sam Allardyce plenty of different options at one of the busiest points in the season.
Allardyce needs to try and keep the side fresh and the only realistic way for him to do that is to rotate players in key positions so there is no element of burnout heading into important games.
Noble has stressed the importance of the boss using his squad well over the next couple of weeks as the Hammers look to maintain the momentum they have built up for themselves.
“I enjoy the Christmas time. Obviously it's hard sometimes when everyone's really enjoying themselves and eating what they want! But there are pros and cons and we're honoured to go out there. We're going to need to use the squad and hopefully pick up points over the Christmas period.”
West Ham face Chelsea and Arsenal in their two fixtures immediately after Christmas, which could determine how serious and strong they look in the hunt for a European place. Noble is likely to play a key role in one, or both, of those games.