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Arnautovic late sick pullout

Marko Arnautovic pulled out of the West Ham starting lineup very late due to a mystery illness.

The Austrian was due to start against Manchester City and was named in the side but was replaced hours before kickoff with Andy Carroll. Club insiders have denied a strop or fall out with the manager insisting it was a genuine late sickness causing him to be removed from the match-day squad at late notice.

Aaron Cresswell was another absentee after suffering from a broken toe while Arthur Masuaku is also suffering from an unknown injury. With Pablo Zabaleta still recovering from a back injury and not able to play 90 minutes Pellegrini took the risk of giving young right back Ben Johnson his senior debut at left back at the Etihad.

Perhaps more telling is the continued absence of Lucas Perez from the matchday squad having recently trained with the under 23’s he appears to remain out of favor with Pellegrini.

 

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I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter