West Ham face Newcastle at the London Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
West Ham United manager David Moyes has informed fans in his London Evening Standard column that he does not believe captain Mark Noble will recover from a hamstring injury in time to face Newcastle United.
The Hammers play host to the Toon at the London Stadium on Saturday afternoon, as they look to continue their rejuvenated form that has seen them beat Stoke City and Chelsea as well as drawing with Arsenal in their last three games.
Skipper Noble has been key to the Hammers' revival, playing in every single minute of the win against Chelsea and well-fought draw against Arsenal. He scored against Stoke, but came off in the first half with a hamstring problem.
Now, Moyes believes it is too early for the 30-year-old midfielder to return to the squad for this weekend's Premier League match in what will come as a big loss to the east Londoners.
"I don’t think Mark Noble will be fit in time," Moyes said. "He has been suffering from a tight hamstring for a week or so and we can’t take chances with that."
The Hammers rejuvenated spell of form has seen them climb out of the relegation zone and into 15th place, with three points at home to Newcastle enough to take them into 12th if Crystal Palace, Brighton and Southampton drop points.
Newcastle come into the game after suffering eight losses in nine games, and will certainly be underdogs against Moyes' side. However, the Toon have beaten West Ham three times out of the last four meetings, including a 3-0 win earlier this season.