Allardyce gives latest West Ham injury update ahead of Arsenal clash
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce admits Kevin Nolan is still nursing a hamstring injury ahead of their trip to Arsenal
Sam Allardyce has admitted Kevin Nolan is a doubt for West Ham United’s clash against Arsenal on Tuesday night.
The Hammers captain was forced off in the second half of the east London side’s 2-1 loss to Liverpool nine days ago.
Kevin is going to desperately want to play
And West Ham manager Allardyce admitted the Hammers need to be very careful with their 32-year-old skipper.
“Kevin Nolan is our problem at the moment. He came off with a hamstring against Liverpool, obviously that’s one that we have to be very careful about,” Allardyce told his pre-match media conference.
“It’s unusual for Kevin to sustain a muscle injury, I think it’s the first of his career, but we’ll be very careful about how we handle him.
“Kevin is going to desperately want to play, so we’ll probably wait until Tuesday to see how he is.
“Nearly everyone else is fit and raring to go. We’ll pick a team that we think suits playing against Arsenal at the Emirates to go and get a result.”
Allardyce added that West Ham are unlikely to secure a top-10 finish this season after Stoke City were winners at the weekend.
“I don’t think that we’ll get a top ten finish now. I think the best we would try and get is to catch up with Stoke,” Allardyce added.
“Stoke have had a fantastic run recently and we’ve got to try and improve our position to get where they are.
“At this moment in time, it’s one game at a time and a big game on Tuesday night which I hope the players are looking forward to.”