West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed that he has received an injury boost. As reported by Football London, Pellegrini told a pre-match press conference that Jack Wilshere is fit and available for Saturday.
Wilshere was an injury concern ahead of this weekend’s trip to Brighton & Hove Albion. The 27-year-old was substituted against Manchester City and there were doubts over him and Felipe Anderson.
But Pellegrini has eased any worries about Wilshere’s fitness. The Hammers boss told reports that the ex-Arsenal midfielder has been training all week and is fit to face Brighton.
When asked about Wilshere, Pellegrini said (quotes via Football London): “Jack is working without any problem with the squad. He is working a complete week with our team so we don’t have a problem with that. He’s OK.”
How will West Ham’s midfield line up?
West Ham need to bounce back from their 5-0 loss against Man City when they travel to Brighton. It will be a tough game after Brighton won 3-0 at Watford last weekend but the Hammers have a strong squad on paper.
With Wilshere fit, Pellegrini has a selection dilemma. Declan Rice keeps his place as holding midfielder but the other two central midfield spots are up for grabs. With Mark Noble injured, it is between Wilshere, Pablo Fornals and Manuel Lanzini for those two spots.
Wilshere and Lanzini started against Man City but Pellegrini might take the opportunity to drop one of those and bring in Fornals. Wilshere, despite being fit, could be the man to make way.