West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini won't rule Jack Wilshere out of his plans this season.
It's feared ex-Arsenal midfielder Wilshere's campaign could be over as he continues to battle ankle problems.
Injury-hit Wilshere, 27, has made just one brief substitute appearance since September and there is still no comeback in sight.
But Pellegrini, asked if he could say if Wilshere would be out for the season, said: "No, because I'm not a doctor. We must wait for Jack when he comes back and see how he feels.
"He's just been resting for a couple of months so it will not be easy for him to recover his best shape as a player, but the important thing is he must feel that he is OK and has no pain in his ankle."
Striker Marko Arnautovic is back in the Hammers' squad for tonight's visit of Newcastle.
The Austrian was due to start at Manchester City in midweek but withdrew through illness and missed the 1-0 defeat.