Plenty of West Ham United fans have been urging for Mark Noble to be dropped from the lineup, and they seem to have got their wish as the club captain has been ruled out of Saturday’s match against Leicester City.
Via the club’s official website, head of medical and sports science Stijn Vandenbroucke revealed that a knock will keep Noble out of the matchday squad.
“Injury-wise, we will be without Mark Noble this weekend. Mark picked up a knock in training and passed a fitness test to play against Chelsea. He pushed himself 100 per cent in that game, and then after a few days of recovery and improvement, he played again at Bournemouth. Unfortunately, he picked up another knock in the same area of his body in that game and that took him out.”
The midfielder, who has started all but two of the Hammers’ Premier League games this season, caused some controversy with his recent comments.
In an interview with Sky Sports News, the 29-year-old claimed that a lot of football fans that attend matches do not “understand the game”.
That was Noble’s response when asked for his thoughts on a number of supporters urging manager Slaven Bilic to drop him.
As it so happens, injury has kept him out of Saturday’s home match against the reigning Premier League champions.
Some fans were unhappy to hear of the news, while others were pleased that Noble will be nowhere near the team this weekend.
— ㅤ (@AaronCressweIl) March 17, 2017
To be fair I do think Noble deserves a nice holiday. Perhaps a nice round the world tour for like 2-3 years. Or more
— ⚽️⚒TOM'S WHUFC⚒⚽️ (@aldredtj) March 17, 2017
— will earle (@willearle_) March 17, 2017
— jj ⚒ (@daddylanzini) March 17, 2017
Plus side of benchin Noble is he can watch his beloved West Ham close up and for free ????
— ⚒ Gal ⚒ (@1972whufc) March 17, 2017
— team_efbe_visicook (@TEAMUKI) March 17, 2017
@Noble16Mark been here for WHU through good and bad times, the real fans know what you give to our great club !
— paul gunter (@pgunterWHU1975) March 17, 2017
Just hope @Noble16Mark knows that the majority of fans that go home and away are 100% behind him and he can ignore the shameful abuse.
— Dave (@thedman77) March 17, 2017
Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeesssssssssssssssss……Mark Noble out of tomorrows game with a dead leg (Apparently) sick joke if not true #Happy days ????
— COYIs (@WestHamTWAT) March 17, 2017
Mark Noble, thanks for being a local lad but it's time to say goodbye
— Mitchell (@mitchellWHUFC) March 17, 2017
Fans want Noble dropped.
Noble insults the fans.
— West Ham News/Views (@WHUFC_News_6) March 17, 2017