West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed that Samir Nasri and Jack Wilshere remain sidelined for the time being but it may not be long before the former Arsenal pair return to the playing field. Nasri is currently recovering from a minor calf issue while Wilshere has been out for nearly two months after undergoing an ankle operation.
Speaking ahead of the Crystal Palace clash, Pellegrini has confirmed that Marko Arnautovic should be in contention for the Eagles game after going through a complete week of training after his foot injury. However, winter recruit Nasri remains on the sidelines alongside Wilshere, who has managed just five league appearances since his Bosman move to the club last summer.
“Marko Arnautovic and Aaron Cresswell worked the complete week without any problems but Samir Nasri needs some more days to recover from his calf injury. Jack [Wilshere] will finish his eight weeks after his ankle surgery next week. He will return to different work and then we will see how he is,” he said in a press conference covered by Football.London.
Among the duo, Wilshere’s absence can be termed as the most frustrating one for the Hammers, given the midfielder had enjoyed a near full season with the Gunners last term where he made 38 appearances. As per Pellegrini, the England international should return to first-team training during the current month but that may not necessarily enhance his gametime from the starting XI, given Mark Noble and Declan Rice have formed an impressive partnership in the centre of the park.
Wilshere can feature further ahead in the number 10 role but the Englishman has not shown enough over the years to suggest that he can be more creative from the position. Meanwhile, the Hammers are currently without a win from four successive league games, and they require a positive result at Selhurst Park to close the six-point gap to the seventh spot, which may assure them a route to Europe next season.