Payet and Valencia injury scares worry West Ham boss Bilic

Date published: Saturday 7th November 2015 6:25

Enner Valencia: Substitute had to be replaced after coming on

Enner Valencia: Substitute had to be replaced after coming on

Slaven Bilic admits he is worried about the extent of the injuries Dimitri Payet and Enner Valencia suffered in the draw with Everton.

Playmaker Payet – one of the signings of the season so far – had to be taken off shortly after half-time in the 1-1 draw following a heavy tackle by James McCarthy, while substitute Enner Valencia also had to be replaced after picking up a knock.

And Bilic says McCarthy might have been lucky to not have been sent off.

“I didn’t see the tackle, but people told me it should have been a red card. I will have to look at it again but our player has been injured. I don’t know how bad it is, but it was bad enough that he couldn’t finish the game,” the Croatian said.

“Then Enner Valencia came on and was injured too. Until we get the scan, we don’t know how bad it’s going to be. We hope that both players will be OK for the Spurs game after the international break.

“But many times, I’ve been told it’s going to be OK, and then I get a call late at night, I speak to the physio and I learn it’s going to be six to eight weeks. So we will see.”

Despite dropping two points, Bilic insisted he was still impressed by his side’s performance, coming off the back of the surprise 2-0 defeat at Watford last week.

“We are never happy with one point, especially at home, but I was happy with the performance,” he added.

“We needed that kind of positive reaction after what happened last week at Watford.¬†Everton deserved a point but in my opinion we were slightly better than them.”

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