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West Ham duo could return from injury in time to face Manchester City

Jack Wilshere could return from injury to face Manchester City on Saturday (Getty Images)
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By admin , in Sprots , at November 21, 2018

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Jack Wilshere could return from injury to face Manchester City on Saturday (Getty Images)

Manuel Pellegrini has been handed a boost ahead of West Hams game against Manchester City on Saturday with Jack Wilshere and Andy Carroll in contention to play.

Summer signing Wilshere, 26, started West Hams first four Premier League games of the season before undergoing ankle surgery in September which has ruled him out of their last ten fixtures in all competitions.

Andy Carroll is yet to feature for West Ham under Pellegrinis management as he too had to have surgery on an ankle problem of his own in July after being plagued by the injury last season.

The 29-year-old has stepped up his recovery in recent weeks and came through unscathed from a 45 minute run-out against Brentford in a friendly match this week.

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Both players are renowned for their respective injury records, having spent large chunks of their careers on the sidelines due to various ailments.

Since November 2009, Wilshere has suffered from seven separate ankle injuries while he also missed almost the entirety of the 2015-16 season with a hairline crack in his calf bone.

Andy Carroll scored three goals in the Premier League last season (Getty Images)

Carroll, meanwhile, has struggled to put together a run of games since joining West Ham from Liverpool in 2012, sustaining 12 different injuries during that time, many of which have kept him out for prolonged periods.

The return of both players to fitness will be welcomed by Pellegrini as the Chileans resources have been stretched of late, particularly in midfield with Carlos Sanchez, Andriy Yarmolenko and Manuel Lanzini all out long-term.

There have also been concerns over the fitness of Marko Arnautovic who has been struggling with a knee problem, although he came off the bench to provide an assist for Austria on Sunday night and should therefore be fine to face City.

West Ham have endured a difficult run against City of late, losing all four games since Pep Guardiola was appointed in 2016, including 4-1 in the corresponding fixture last season.

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