Team news: Nasri a doubt for Everton contest
Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed Samir Nasri may not feature for West Ham United against Everton this weekend after sustaining a minor knock.
The Frenchman could miss out on Saturday’s Premier League clash with the Toffees due to a calf injury, with the manager suggesting the small issue could keep Nasri out of the matchday squad.
Pellegrini said in Thursday’s press conference: “Samir had a problem in his calf this week so maybe he will not be able to play. We will see and decide the squad soon.”
Apart from his update on Nasri, Pellegrini indicated there was no further news on other players with injuries.
Samir [Nasri] had a problem in his calf this week so maybe he will not be able to play.
The Chilean said tests were still ongoing for striker Andy Carroll after an ankle injury.
He continued: “The players with long injuries – Jack Wilshere, Andriy Yarmolenko, Carlos Sanchez, Winston Reid – continue with their recoveries.
“Andy Carroll is doing a lot of different medical tests to decide what we must do with his ankle. We will know more about his injury when we finish doing all the different examinations.”
The manager was also asked about midfielder Manuel Lanzini, who was selected for the Argentina national team during the international break, but did not feature for his nation.
Pellegrini believes, despite not playing, it was a good experience for his No10 to travel and train with the Argentina team, with Lanzini linking up with the side for the first time since before last summer’s World Cup.
He added: “I know if Lanzini is nominated, he should go. I think it was good for him to go. I know all the players like to be involved in their national squad. After that, the coaches must decide if he plays.”