West Ham skipper Mark Noble could return to the fold for Saturday’s clash with Fulham according to a report from Football.London.

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The 33-year-old missed last weekend’s clash with Liverpool with a slight knock.

But it seems as though he will be back for the London derby against Fulham. That’s according to Football.London.

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Mark Noble (Photo by James Griffiths/West Ham United FC via Getty Images)

Noble is not as important to the Hammers as he once was, one the pitch at least. He is still the most vocal leader at the London Stadium, however.

And because of that, the midfielder undoubtedly still has a very big role to play at West Ham.

David Moyes relies on Noble to be his on-field and off-field communicator and leader.

The 33-year-old has been with West Ham all his life, making his first-team debut in 2004. His powers are clearly waning, but there will definitely be games this season where he is needed.

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Mark Noble (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United FC via Getty Images)

Noble never had pace, so that’s not an issue, but his lack of mobility is a real concern. Perhaps the Canning Town born ace will mostly have to make do with a place on the bench this season.

And if he is fit to play on Saturday, it is highly likely that he will begin the game as a substitute.

Bringing Noble on with 20 minutes or so left to play wouldn’t be a bad idea in pretty much every game. His coolness and composure when in possession would be a real asset to West Ham whether we are winning or losing.

And maybe that is how Noble will see out his Hammers career.

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