Us Irons fans are really good at moaning about injury problems so let’s put a small smile on our faces this morning because there aren’t any.
We have learned that David Moyes will again have a full set of options when he comes to make his selection decisions for the Friday night match against Watford.
And our bet is that – extraordinary though it would have seemed a few months back – skipper Mark Noble will take up the position usually reserved for the so called creative players Felipe Anderson and Manu Lanzini.
Seeing the team ahead of the match on Saturday’s eyes – including mine – glazed over at Noble’s inclusion but it turned out to be a Moyes master stroke as a good peformance including two assists demonstrated.
And with Mark freed up for the role as a result of a stronger defensive midfield I would imagine the same scenario will unfold against the Hornets.
With former injury absentees, Wilshere, Yarmolenko, Noble himself and now Arthur Masuaku available, there can be no excuses should the worst occur on Friday.
A Hammers source told us by e mail: “As things stand they are all available and fit. Ony an injury on the training ground before the game would change things.
Likely team and bench: Fabianski, Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Rice, Soucek, Fornals, Bowen, Noble, Antonio. Subs: Randolph, Johnson, Balbuena, Masuaku, Yarmolenko, Wilshere, Anderson, Lanzini, Haller.