West Ham captain Mark Noble says he is hopeful of being selected for today’s game against Tottenham despite undergoing treatment on an ankle injury.
The 32-year-old was substituted after 20 minutes of the 3-0 defeat to Burnley but writing in his column for the Evening Standard, the skipper confirmed he has recovered to the extent that he is hoping to be back in contention to face Spurs:
“I’m hopeful of playing despite the ankle injury I picked up against Burnley. I thought it could be serious, but thankfully it’s not that bad and this is one match I don’t want to miss.”
Noble is also anticipating the return of Michail Antonio to the matchday squad when they face their London rivals this lunchtime:
“We should have Michail Antonio back and that’s a real boost. He runs in behind defences, scares the opposition with his power and pace. We’ve missed that.”
Antonio has not played for the Hammers since tearing his hamstring in the 2-0 win over Newport County in the Carabao Cup back in August. After three months out, it’s unlikely that he will start but there is every chance that he’ll come on as a substitute at some point during the game.
West Ham will be looking to end their six-game winless streak against Tottenham at the London Stadium this afternoon.