Bilic reveals massive West Ham selection boost ahead of clash v Stoke
By Danny Wright
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has confirmed that Mark Noble will return to the squad to face Stoke at the Bet365 Stadium on Saturday.
The midfielder has missed the last two games through suspension, both of which West Ham have failed to win.
Noble, 29, has been a key part of the Hammers engine room this season, making 33 appearances across all competitions, scoring five goals and supplying two assists.
Bilic was speaking at a press conference on Thursday ahead of the trip to the Potteries.
“Mark Noble is definitely going to be back in the squad on Saturday,” he said, as quoted by West Ham’s official Twitter account.
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Noble was serving a two-game suspension after he picked up his tenth yellow card of the campaign in the 1-0 win against Swansea earlier this month.
The Hammers club captain is now expected to return to the starting XI in place of Edmilison Fernandes, who was called upon to start the last two fixtures.
West Ham are currently 13th in the Premier League going into their clash with Stoke.
They have won just one of their last ten league outings while Mark Hughes’ side are in equally as bad form with just a single victory in their previous seven fixtures.
Just one point separates the two sides going into the showdown at the Be365 Stadium and the loser could see themselves fall as low as 16th place if results go against them.
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