West Ham United boss David Moyes has delivered an update on Jack Wilshere ahead of the crucial clash against Southampton.
The Hammers can climb out of the bottom three with victory over the in-form Saints.
West Ham won the reverse fixture 1-0 back in December.
The two clubs have had contrasting fortunes since with West Ham slipping further into danger and Southampton going on a streak that has all but ensured their survival.
West Ham already missing new man Soucek
Moyes will have to do so without impressive midfielder Tomas Soucek, who has been ruled out for a month through injury.
But any hopes injury-prone midfielder Wilshere could return soon to bolster Moyes’s midfield options have been extinguished.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Moyes revealed that Wilshere is not guaranteed to play again this season.
The £100,000 per week former Arsenal star (Spotrac) has made just 11 Premier League appearances for West Ham since signing on a free transfer nearly two years ago.
Moyes delivers latest news on Jack Wilshere
“Jack Wilshere has returned to doing work on the pitch and he is progressing,” Moyes told the press (whufc.com).
“I would hope Jack will play this season and he will get himself into a shape and fit enough to do so, but I cannot guarantee it.”
Wilshere has one more season on his three-year deal after the current campaign.
Back in October Football Insider claimed West Ham were looking to offload the midfielder.
Moyes’s side must try to get their first win for eight league matches to kickstart any hopes of survival this weekend.
Must win stage for Hammers
A win would likely keep the Hammers out of the bottom three until they play Wolves at home, where they could do their survival hopes the world of good with another victory.
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But West Ham must take things one game at a time and pick up the four or five wins they need to stay up between now and May 17th.