West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce is optimistic Mark Noble will be available for Saturday’s English Premier League clash at Burnley, as he missed the last two matches with a calf problem after playing every minute of the Hammers’ first five league matches.
Allerdyce’s men head to Turf Moor in seek of their third in four matches, while their hosts are in search of their maiden victory back in England’s elite league.
Allerdyce, who turns 60 on Sunday, has revealed in his pre-match conference on Thursday that Noble is set in line for a potential return.
“He’s back in training this week so hopefully he’ll be ready for the weekend,” he told reporters.
“Having him back will be huge for us as he’s been fantastic for us since my time here.”
The West Ham boss admits, however, that his side’s recent run of form makes it far from certain that Noble should come straight back into the starting lineup and insists his only priority is ensuring his side pick up three more points against Burnley.
“I don’t know if it’s a given [for Noble to return], but these are the decisions you have to make as a manager,” he added.
“Sometimes you have to disappoint players for benefit of the team, you can’t play everyone.”
“My duty as manager is to make sure the strongest team possible plays against Burnley on Saturday.”