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West ham: David Moyes claims Mark Noble sustained “bad” injury vs Leicester

David Moyes will be fearing any potential spell on the sidelines for Mark Noble after confirming that the West Ham United captain sustained a “bad” injury against Leicester City.

That’s according to football.london, who quote the Irons boss as revealing Noble took a kick to his elbow during Sunday’s 3-2 win over the Foxes.

Noble had opened the London Stadium affair beside Tomas Soucek as he started back-to-back Premier League games for only the second time this season, as Moyes continues to be without Declan Rice.

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Rice is facing a race against time to be fit before the end of the season after sustaining a knee ligament injury during the March international break, which left Noble and Soucek as Moyes’ only natural holding midfield options.

But Moyes could be down to only one option when West Ham visit relegation-threatened Newcastle United on Saturday, after seeing Noble forced off through injury late into his 400th Premier League appearance in claret and blue.

“He got a bad kick on the elbow so his elbow is bad, so we will need to see how he is and, look, Mark has done brilliantly well,” Moyes said following the game.

“He has come into the team and as I said at the start of the season, I thought Mark would have a big part to play, he has a huge part to play because he does so many good things for the team.

“Obviously, we can’t hide the fact that we miss Declan and Micky Antonio, but we have to find other ways of winning and I have to say, Mark has come in and done a great job.”

Ben Johnson, who is a natural right-back, had to come on to replace Noble in the 82nd-minute and try to help see out Sunday’s game, but was unable to prevent a nervy finish when Kelechi Iheanacho struck his second goal after a late surge of pressure from Leicester.

Moyes will now be fearing the implications of losing Noble for any period of time, having seen his West Ham side emerge as genuine challengers for Champions League qualification.

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The Irons sit fourth in the Premier League table and only a point behind the Foxes after beating Brendan Rodgers’ side, but doubts will rise over the likelihood of the London Stadium natives maintaining their position with only one natural central midfielder available.

Noble – who Dean Ashton claims has “given absolutely everything he can” to West Ham – did not look out of place against Wolverhampton Wanderers or Leicester after coming in for Rice, with his leadership skills key to keeping things calm.

The 33-year-old put his body on the line to protect the Irons defence on Sunday, too, having thrown himself in front of a driven effort from Youri Tielemans.

But his decision may now cost West Ham in the long run having gone down clutching his arm in the aftermath, to leave Moyes facing an anxious few days.

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