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Arnautovic to return for Palace trip - but Nasri ruled out

Filed: Thursday, 7th February 2019
By: Staff Writer

Marko Arnautovic has been given the green light to face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park this weekend - although recent arrival Samir Nasri will almost certainly be absent once again.

The Austrian forward missed Monday night's impressive performance against Premier League title contenders Liverpool but is fully recovered from the bruised foot that kept him out of West Ham's most recent outing.

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However the news is not quite so good for new signing Nasri, who last featured on January 19 in the 2-0 defeat at Bournemouth since when he had been nursing a calf injury.

"Marko Arnautovic worked the complete week but Samir Nasri needs more time to work on his calf injury," confirmed the boss. "It is good news [for Marko], of course.

"He is a player who makes a difference and is important for our team. He needs to recover his best form after not playing and his last injury, but I hope he will be an important player for the remainder of the season."

With regards to other injuries, Pellegrini confirmed that Manuel Lanzini should be ready to face Fulham when the two clubs meet in Stratford little more than two weeks from now - as revealed here on KUMB earlier this week.

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And there was similarly positive news regarding the recovery of central defender Fabian Balbuena, who had been in excellent form prior to his injury.

"We hope that Manu Lanzini will be ready for Fulham, at least for the bench, if he continues working over the next two weeks," confirmed Pellegrini. "Fabian Balbuena could be back in a couple of weeks too."

Pellegrini also confirmed that he isn't expecting a trio of long-term injured players to feature again this term. "Andriy Yarmolenko, Winston Reid and Carlos Sanchez will not be back this season," he added.

"Jack Wilshere, I have some doubts if he will be ready, so we have some players who will not be ready to play before the end of the season."

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