The news that Noble is out for a month following appendicitis is disastrous. For me, he has been our best player so far this season, consistently out performing the higher profile Scott Parker. The clamour for Super Scotty to play for England has, seemingly, pushed Noble towards the welcoming arms of the Irish but if he jumps nationality, it would be a crying shame; because the guy has an England future in my opinion.
Noble has had his appendix removed but it feels to me as if the team's bollocks have been sliced off into the bargain. Who replaces him? Behrami moved inside and Berrera played wide right? Well I have made no secret of my reservations about Valedictory. Kovac as a straight replacement? Imagine a midfield of Behrami, Kovac, Parker and Boa. Where is the creativity, where will the goals come from?
It couldn't have come at a worse time in my book. We need to win games in November and to do that, we need an offensive dimension to our midfield. With Hitzlespurger out, and Dyer producing sick notes with his familiar regularity, the options are frighteningly limited. God help us if Parker now pulls up lame!