By Matt Farr
West Ham midfielder Mark Noble has been hiding a hernia injury from manager Slaven Bilic for four months, according to a club insider.
The Twitter account Ex-WHU Employee reported on Thursday evening that the 30-year-old is set to miss the last two games of the season as he undergoes a double hernia operation.
However, it was also revealed that Bilic had been completely oblivious to the injury for the last four months, with Noble opting to remain tight-lipped on his problem and play through the pain.
Mark Noble will miss the last two games of the season due to a double hernia operation which he has had for 4 months and kept from Slav
— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) May 11, 2017
Ex-WHU Employee, who is a reliable source of Hammers news and has broken a number of stories about the club this season, revealed Noble will now miss the Premier League games against Liverpool and Burnley.
Noble has been an ever-present figure in the West Ham first-team this season, contributing five goals and two assists from 35 appearances in all competitions.
His longest absence from the matchday squad this term has been just two games, where he missed the matches against Sunderland and Everton last month through suspension.
However, he could have spent a lot more time on the sidelines had he reported the injury to Bilic and the club’s medical staff.
West Ham fans may now be concerned that Noble’s insistence on playing through his injury could see him aggravate the injury, as he prepares to undergo an operation.
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