West Ham will be without captain Mark Noble for the upcoming Carabao Cup clash with London rivals Tottenham, and likely won’t see him back until the visit of Manchester City.
In a lack of thinking, Noble dived in rashly on Wilfred Ndidi with his studs raised into the Leicester midfielder’s ankle during the clash between the two clubs on Saturday, resulting in a straight red card after 38 minutes.
The east London side had opened the scoring just eight minutes before that when summer signing Fabian Balbuena reacted sharply to fire home the rebound of his own header.
In the end, though, playing with ten men for the best part of an hour took its toll on the Hammers and the Foxes were able to draw level when a Ndidi shot from range took a horrid deflection off the Irons’ goal scorer, before finding the top corner of Lukasz Fabianski’s net.
The 31-year-old will now miss an expected three games for the London Stadium side, ruling the former England youth international out of upcoming home ties with London rivals Tottenham and last season’s Europa League qualifiers Burnley, as well as the subsequent trip to Huddersfield.
Irons fans are clearly frustrated with the player tasked as leading Manuel Pellegrini’s side on the pitch.
Noble’s time has surely come to an end…
— Joe Ashley ⚒ (@realjoeashley) October 27, 2018
He’s a liability – has one good game in about 10 !
— arniewilshere (@arniewilshere) October 27, 2018
Nobles too slow.. his times up
— Brian Hall (@CockneyBri) October 27, 2018
Liability the way he tackles in the modern game
— Staffordshire COYI (@martynr61) October 27, 2018
Embarrassing. Can’t believe he tried to argue it. Tbh, he shouldn’t be playing every week anyway
— Lukas (@lu_thirty_1) October 27, 2018
Noble is always a yard short and has to dive in to make up to it ! Shame we needed a good result and no need to make the tackle like that !
— Elmer Fudd (@RobB64632325425) October 27, 2018