Many had predicted that West Ham midfielder Jack Wilshere would start against Sheffield United yesterday, but he was missing from the matchday squad entirely for the 1-1 draw.
Manager Manuel Pellegrini was asked about the former Arsenal player’s surprise omission after the game last night, and the Chilean confirmed that the 27-year-old had sustained a minor groin injury in the build-up to the game:
“Jack had a small problem in his groin. It’s not important but he was not 100 per cent. It was similar to what happened with Cresswell last week.”
“If they are not 100 per cent I think it’s better for him not to take the risk with a muscle injury. But he will continue working with us in the next week without any problem.”
From Pellegrini’s words, it seems that Wilshere will be back in contention to face Newcastle United at the London Stadium next Saturday.
In his absence, winger Robert Snodgrass was surprisingly given the nod by Pellegrini to start in a more central position, and the gamble paid off.
The midfielder got on the scoresheet and could have easily had a second, so it remains to be seen if Wilshere will have to settle for a place on the bench once again if Pellegrini keeps faith with the Scot.