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West Ham captain Mark Noble lifts lid on what Jack Wilshere has been told about new ankle injury

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West Ham United captain Mark Noble has revealed what Jack Wilshere has been told about the new ankle injury which is keeping him out.

Reports have been circulating that Wilshere will miss the next six weeks and possibly even the rest of the season.

The former Arsenal midfield star has already missed three months after ankle surgery following his summer move to West Ham.

And reports in the likes of The Evening Standard claim he may need another operation on his new ankle injury which will keep him out until next term.

Wilshere made his comeback for the Hammers as a late substitute in the 3-0 win at Newcastle.

He set Felipe Anderson on his way for the brilliant third goal but has not been seen since.

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‘I can’t say how he feels’

Wilshere’s struggles since signing for his boyhood club have given ammunition to those who felt it was too big a risk given his injury record.

And now West Ham skipper Noble has revealed what Wilshere has been told about the injury when writing in his column for The Evening Standard.

“Jack Wilshere, so I understand, has been told to rest for a few weeks following pain in an ankle,” Noble told The Standard.

“I haven’t had the opportunity to ask Jack exactly what the situation is with him but I know that he just wants to play football.

“He does everything to keep himself fit and it’s gutting to see someone who just loves playing, not being able to do so. I’m 32 next May and have never really been through what he is experiencing so I can’t say I know how he feels.

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Great shame for all involved

“It’s strange because, when you’re training and playing, you don’t cross paths too much with the injured players.  The physios normally do all our strappings before we go out training — and it’s then that the injured players have their treatment.”

It is a great shame for Wilshere, Manuel Pellegrini and West Ham fans that their gamble is not paying off.

No player wants to be injured and Wilshere was so enthused by his move to his beloved Hammers in the summer.

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Wilshere injury makes Nasri more likely

Everyone at the club will be keeping their fingers crossed the verdict is kind on Wilshere. If it is he will be back playing in the new year.

What it does mean is that Samir Nasri will more than likely be offered a deal. The former France star has been training with the Hammers in a bid to prove his fitness and earn a contract.

Nasri was a key player in Pellegrini’s title-winning Manchester City side. He has spent an extended spell out of the game to serve a doping ban.

He has similar creative qualities to Wilshere and if he can prove his fitness would be a sensible and low-risk solution on an initial short-term contract.

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