West Ham get major boost for next three matches as Mark Noble's ban is rescinded

Mark Noble

West Ham United have been given a major boost with the news that Mark Noble's three-match ban for his sending off at Liverpool has been rescinded.

Although the Hammers were one of the busiest clubs in the summer transfer market, Noble - who has been named club captain after the departure of Kevin Nolan - is a key man in Slaven Bilic's side.

The homegrown Hammer has shaken off indifferent form over the last six months to score two goals in his last two games as he embraces a more attacking role under Bilic.

So when he was sent off on 80 minutes at Anfield - West Ham's sixth red card in 10 games under the former Croatia hardman defender - there were concerns over how the team would cope in his abscence against Newcastle United, Manchester City and Leicester City in the League Cup.

Most fans and pundits felt the red card was extremely harsh, and it was immediately appealed by the club.

Fears allayed

And now fears Bilic would have to make do without Mr West Ham for three vital matches have been allayed after Hammers co-owner David Gold revealed on social networking site Twitter that the FA have seen sense.

"Great news. Mark Noble's red card has been rescinded and he will be available to play against Newcastle," Gold said.

Homegrown Hammer is key

Noble is fast becoming one of Bilic's key men in central midfield and is relishing the role of captain at his boyhood club.

Coming off the back of the historic 3-0 win at Anfield, it could have been a real body blow to lose him as Bilic tries to build some momentum.

Although West Ham signed Barcelona star Alex Song on deadline day, the midfield enforcer will not be fully fit for some time, so the news about Noble completes a fantastic week for the east Londoners.

Known as West Ham's 'fan on the pitch' Noble will now hope to continue his fine form and lead the Hammers to a memorable season, their last ever at the club's famous Boleyn Ground home of 112 years.

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