Noble and Zaba ready for action


NobleMark Noble is fully recovered from abdominal surgery and ready to take his place in the side against Sturm Graz in Austria tonight.

Speaking to the official site he Hammers captain said: “The operation went really well and I’ve trained every day and been involved in everything since we’ve been back, so I feel really good,

Slaven Bilic is set to give Noble and his Hammers teammates 45 minutes each as Slaven Bilic with new boy Pablo Zabaleta playing a part.

And Noble added: “Pablo has come straight in and it’s been like he’s been here a long time. He obviously gets the respect from the lads for what he has achieved in the game already.

“He’s been at one of the biggest clubs in the world and won the Premier League and other trophies, so we know he’s a very good player.

“He’s got a good bunch of lads here, the Spanish boys [to speak with in his mother tongue] and Manu [Lanzini] who is also Argentinian, so they get on really well.

“He’s a great addition to the team and brings a lot of experience. It’s good for me to have another experienced player here and someone who knows the game and I’m pretty sure he’ll be a really good player for us.”

Coverage from the Thermenstadion begins at 5.25pm BST on Premier Sports for supporters in the UK.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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