Slav update on key injuries

Mark-Noble-640914Slaven Bilic has confirmed that captain Mark Noble will be back for the clash at the weekend against Hull City. Saturday.

Speaking in hismorning presser the boss said: “Mark is back in training and he came back on Monday.He’s training so he should be in the squad. He’s been out for a couple of weeks because of the injury he had in a couple of games against Chelsea and Bournemouth, but he’s back.”

And he gave a  positive update regarding Michail Antonio, suggesting the winger may recover from his muscle injury in time to face Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium next Wednesday evening.

He said: “He  was very close to being fit for the Hull game, but he isn’t going to be fit. Hopefully, there is a good chance he is going to be OK for the Arsenal game, but this game unfortunately comes a bit too early for him, so he’s out.

“Michail is really good at recovering, so there was a chance he could make it for this game, but unfortunately not. I spoke with the medical team and with him and we have a good chance he is going to be fit for Arsenal in midweek, if not, definitely Swansea.”

Antonio was one of three Hammers who suffered setbacks against Leicester, with Pedro Obiang requiring surgery on a high ankle sprain and Winston Reid injuring his hamstring.

“We got three players injured in that game,” Bilic confirmed. “Pedro had an operation very successfully, but he’s going to be fit for the start of the pre-season for next year, so he’s out.


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