PREM: West Ham United v Leicester City preview


West Ham United v Leicester City preview

Mark Noble has been ruled out of West Ham's clash with Premier League champions Leicester City.


The Hammers, who host the revitalised Foxes at the London Stadium for the first time, will have to do without their captain as they look to curtail the revival inspired by Craig Shakespeare.

Since taking over from Claudio Ranieri, Shakespeare has masterminded a three-game winning streak which has seen Leicester ease their relegation fears and reach the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time.

The upturn in fortunes has come at the perfect time for Leicester to maintain their impressive recent form against West Ham, with the Foxes unbeaten in their last five meetings, winning four and drawing one.

Winston Reid will deputise as captain while Sam Byram could be recalled at right-back, freeing up Cheikhou Kouyate to move into Noble's midfield berth.

Andre Ayew is set to start in attack after scoring as a substitute at Bournemouth last weekend, but defender Angelo Ogbonna (knee) and striker Diafra Sakho (back) are still out.

Leicester's January signing Molla Wague is out for the season with a dislocated shoulder.

The defender made just one appearance - in the FA Cup defeat at Millwall in January - and has had an operation but his long-term future is unknown, with the loan from Udinese expiring in the summer.

Nampalys Mendy is rated as 50-50 to return from a knee injury which saw him miss the 2-0 win over Sevilla on Tuesday and advance to the Champions League quarter finals 3-2 on aggregate.



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