By Mike Southey

13th Jan, 2022 | 6:10pm

West Ham ace Mark Noble strains knee ligaments, out for one month or more - ExWHUemployee

West Ham United midfielder Mark Noble has strained his knee ligaments this week, according to ExWHUemployee.

The reliable source has reported that the Irons veteran is set for a month on the sidelines, and potentially even longer.

Noble was a notable absence from the FA Cup clash against Leeds over the weekend, with David Moyes usually rotating his squad in cup competitions.

Writing on The West Ham Way Patreon yesterday (12 January), Ex shared the latest on the injury situation.

“There was a late withdrawal from Ryan Fredericks from the squad today and he is replaced by Coufal,” he wrote. “We don’t have the reason but suspect COVID.

“We believe Noble has strained his knee ligaments and this could keep him out for a month or so.”

Unfortunate.

With games mounting up thick and fast for the Irons, injuries were the last thing they needed in all competitions.

Noble would surely have played against Leeds last week, instead, Tomas Soucek was used and then he was absent against Norwich last night (12 January).

Should Soucek be missing again for the Premier League clash against Leeds over the weekend, midfield could be a problem area.

Manuel Lanzini was used in that role once again, but with Marcelo Bielsa loving to counter-attack, Declan Rice may be set for a busy afternoon.

Noble isn’t used frequently, but he is a brilliant option to have and will be a big miss over the next month at the London Stadium.

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