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Blow as midfielder ruled out of Tottenham clash against West Ham

By Harvey Byrne

Mark Noble will miss West Ham’s Premier League clash against Tottenham after the international break following a one-match suspension.

The 29-year-old club stalwart picked up his fifth booking of the campaign during Saturday afternoon’s 1-1 draw with Stoke.

He was booked with 88 minutes on the clock against the Potters after bringing down Charlie Adam and he may now rue the lapse in concentration with an important fixture against Spurs coming up next.

Noble had previously picked up yellows against Manchester City, Southampton and Crystal Palace in the league as well as a booking in the EFL Cup against Chelsea with all competitions counting towards the total.

He has established himself as one of the key midfielders in the team after making his debut in 2004 against Southend in the League Cup during a 2-0 victory.

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He is currently the captain of the club and has made 15 appearances in all competitions this season scoring two goals and providing two assists.

His leadership on the pitch will also be a big loss for a team currently struggling in 17th place and will face a strong Spurs attack which will likely include Christian Eriksen, Son Heung-min and Harry Kane.

The north London club are the only unbeaten side in the Premier League after 11 matches and they currently sit in fifth place as they look to do battle with the top teams.

In other Tottenham news, Ray Wilkins delivered his verdict on Spurs’ season.