Pedro Obiang to miss West Ham’s clash against Leicester, says Manuel Pellegrini

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini has indicated that Saturday evening’s game against Leicester will come too early for injured midfielder Pedro Obiang. The Spaniard missed last weekend’s home defeat against Spurs, which forced the Chilean gaffer to play a midfield trio of Declan Rice, Mark Noble and Robert Snodgrass against the Lilywhites.

With Andriy Yarmolenko out for six months following his Achilles rupture, Pellegrini would’ve been hoping for some good news on the Obiang front, but the 26 year old medio may now see action only in the midweek Cup game against Spurs.

Here is what Pellegrini had to say about Obiang’s injury at the pre match press conference.

Pedro had, at the end of last week, a small calf injury in his muscle. It is not serious but he needs some days more to recover. I hope he will be ready on Wednesday for the cup game.

Pellegrini also refused to confirm whether youngster Grady Diangana would start this weekend. Diangana was interestingly preferred to Michail Antonio as a replacement when Yarmolenko went down last Saturday, but Pellegrini has chosen to keep his cards close to his chest, only stating Diangana has “he has a lot of good technical conditions” and that “he will have some chances in some games

If Obiang had recovered, a potential option for Pellegrini in light of the Yarmolenko injury would’ve been to play the former in the centre of the park in his 4-1-4-1 formation and move Snodgrass to the wing. However the Scottish international will almost certainly be in midfield for this clash, continuing his partnership with the ever improving Declan Rice and veteran skipper Mark Noble.

Pellegrini on Snodgrass

He is now doing his duty in a very good way, we will see if he can continue in the position he played in the very last game. I also think he is the kind of player who can play in three or four positions so when he plays, he is a very useful player

Comments

  1. Obiang was a big miss v Spurs. Noble and Snodgrass are too slow to play together with Rice, although Snoddy worked his socks off against Spurs.

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