The Evening Standard say that influential midfielder Pedro Obiang is set to miss the rest of the 2016/2017 season after picking up an ankle injury in the defeat to Leicester City at the weekend. The Spaniard has become a key figure for the Hammers after establishing himself this season.
With Mark Noble off form, it comes at a bad time for Slaven Bilic who will understandably be frustrated at missing one of his most important players for the run-in to the end of the season. However, Obiang has done his part as a key figure in turning around the team’s fortunes this season.
One player who didn’t do much to help those efforts was Dimitri Payet, now at Marseille. That may explain why Karren Brady has hit out at the Frenchman in her column for the Sun after he said that the club’s “boring” tactics forced him to leave as Brady responded, saying:
“Dimitri Payet says he got bored when West Ham went through a bad patch. Some excuse to go on strike that is. His reason at the time was his family were unhappy in England. Payet did well with us and we did well by him. He regained his international spot and, while we had defensive problems at the start of the season… a decent pro doesn’t withdraw his labour. He, like us, should just move on.”
The 29-year-old has scored three goals in 10 games since completing his return to the south of France, where he has become a regular starter for the club who he left to move to London only two years ago.
In more positive news for the club, Sky Sports say that striker Diafra Sakho is close to a return to fitness and returned to full training with his teammates on Monday. With almost two weeks to build up his fitness now, he could feature in the final weeks of the season for the Irons.
The 27-year-old has had an injury-hit season, making just two appearances in the Premier League this season, but did score at Old Trafford to earn a vital point for his side.
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