Pellegrini explains why Jack Wilshere wasn't in last night's squad

Manuel Pellegrini, West Ham Head Coach looks on ahead of the Premier League match between West Ham United and Cardiff City at London Stadium on December 04, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

West Ham United beat Cardiff City 3-0 on Tuesday night.

Manuel Pellegrini, West Ham Head Coach looks on ahead of the Premier League match between West Ham United and Cardiff City at London Stadium on December 04, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

West Ham United boss Manuel Pellegrini has told Football.London that Jack Wilshere was left out of last night's squad due to another injury problem.

The Hammers took on Cardiff City at the London Stadium just days after hammering Newcastle United 3-0 at St James' Park, and this game had a little bit of everything.

West Ham hero Marko Arnautovic actually gave away a penalty in the first half, but Joe Ralls' effort was saved by Lukasz Fabianski, before Arnautovic went off injured for Lucas Perez.

 

The Spaniard then hit two goals before makeshift right back Michail Antonio added a third, and West Ham's clean sheet evaporated with virtually the last kick of the game as Josh Murphy pulled one back.

It was a largely positive night for West Ham though, especially as injury-hit striker Andy Carroll came off the bench too, but there was no place in the squad for Wilshere.

The midfielder – who joined West Ham over the summer – came on to grab an assist in the win over Newcastle, and Pellegrini talked him up as being a talent worth £100million on the eve of the Cardiff game.

West Ham United's Jack Wilshere during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Wolverhampton Wanderers at London Stadium on September 1, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

However, Wilshere's problems in his career have been down to an incredible number of injuries, and West Ham's worst fears have returned as after three months out, Pellegrini confirmed that Wilshere missed out due to an ankle injury, so wasn't risked at all, and there will now be fears that he'll miss the Crystal Palace game too.

“Jack was not in the squad because he has a small pain in his ankle, not in his bad ankle, the other one,” said Pellegrini. “I did not want to take the risk with him so I preferred to select another player for this game,” he added.

Jack Wilshere of West Ham United during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on August 25, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

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