By Wayne Veysey
Mark Noble is in the frame to make his West Ham comeback for Saturday’s Premier League clash against Watford, Football Insider understands.
The Hammers skipper has returned to training at Rush Green after missing the club’s opening two games of the campaign with a calf injury.
A West Ham source has told Football Insider that manager Manuel Pellegrini is likely at this point to name Noble, 32, in the matchday squad for the Vicarage Road showdown but he is set to have to settle for a place on the bench.
Pellegrini believes Noble is not yet ready to go straight back into the starting XI after being absent for the opening-day thrashing by Manchester City and then last weekend’s 1-1 draw at Brighton & Hove Albion.
Jack Wilshere has partnered Declan Rice in central midfield in those two games, but Noble’s leadership and experience have been missed by the Hammers.
The long-standing club captain was a mainstay of the starting XI under Pellegrini last season, making 29 Premier League starts among 32 appearances in all competitions.
He is looking to add to the 467 appearances he has made for West Ham since graduating from the club’s youth ranks.
The Hammers will head to Watford looking for their first win of the season against a side who have lost both of their Premier League matches.
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