Alan Irvine has hailed the leadership of Mark Noble ahead of this weekend’s clash with Wolves.
The Hammers assistant manager will be on the touchline on Sunday in the absence of David Moyes, who has now returned two positive tests for COVID-19.
Irvine was quizzed on a range of topics ahead of the game, including the influence of Noble.
The skipper missed the clash with Arsenal at the weekend because of a toe injury, having played a total of 67 minutes against Newcastle.
He is back fit, and Irvine is delighted to have the 33-year-old around the place as the Hammers look to pick up their first win of the season.
Of course, he stopped short of guaranteeing that the Hammers veteran will play in every game this season but claimed that he will play in a large portion of matches.
Speaking to reporters at his pre-Wolves press conference, he said: “His leadership is vitally important. He is a massive part of our squad and really influential player and person.
“I wouldn’t say this means he won’t play. Nobody has a guaranteed place within any football club. Mark will certainly play lots of football for this football club this season, that is for sure.
“Whether he plays every game is another matter and I think he would probably be one who would say that it is demanding for him at this stage with a couple of niggling injuries.”