Bilic hints at West Ham game time for Irish defender

"He is good. He had an operation and will be out for 10 weeks, so he'll be ready for the start of next season", added the Croatian.

Despite playing his last Premier League game on January 2nd, Dimitri Payet will end the season as West Ham's most creative player in the competition this season (74) as the next best is Manuel Lanzini with 56 chances created for the Hammers.

He played a couple of games in the pre-season when we went to the States and we were missing a few players.

"As I said in the beginning he was 50/50, but he still feels it and it's not improving".

The injury prone 28-year-old has been a dominant presence in West Ham's front line when available, but has only managed 22 games in claret and blue this season, as he has spent large periods of the campaign on the sidelines.

The shot-stopper would have been able to leave the London Stadium on a free transfer, with Sam Allardyce particularly interested in reuniting with the player he worked with when he was the West Ham manager. "We have good vocal leaders on our team and we also have a good core of British players who are leaders plus some foreigners who are skippers in their teams", he told reporters. "I will never give up if you are asking about Andy, but that situation has to improve".

Declan Rice could be set for a Premier League debut this weekend.

Bilic said: "We're going to see". We were without eight players but still had a decent team so that shows that squad-wise, with the quantity of the players, we are okay.

The Clarets have nothing to play for, as they have already made sure that they will not get relegated to the Championship at the end of the season.

  • Julie Sanders