West Ham winger Felipe Anderson has confirmed that he picked up a knock in the 5-0 defeat to Manchester City on Saturday. The Brazilian was substituted midway through the second half but he has downplayed the significance of the injury:
“I picked up a small injury. I tried to get back in, but I think it’s good that I didn’t because we’re just starting the season and I have all the rest of the season to play.”
The 26-year-old is expected to be fit to face Brighton at the weekend. Jack Wilshere was also noticeably hobbling prior to being taken off before the hour mark against City. However, it is believed it was only a precaution and he should be ready to play on Saturday.
Captain Mark Noble is the only other injury doubt heading into the match at the Amex. The 32-year-old missed out on the City game due to a dead leg and it is believed he won’t be back in training until later this week.
It will likely mean that manager Manuel Pellegrini will persist with Wilshere and Declan Rice in the middle of the park, with Noble expected to be only fit for the substitute’s bench.