Demel and Vaz play behind closed doors

DemelWest Ham United pair Guy Demel (left) and Ricardo Vaz Te played in a behind-closed-doors game against Tottenham Hotspur earlier today.

Vaz Te dislocated his shoulder back in October, while Demel has been sidelined with a severe concussion picked up at Cardiff City.

First team coach Ian Hendon said: “Guy and Vaz got an important hour under their belts on Thursday. That’s what the game was arranged for – we thought we might have a few more of the seniors available to play, but a lot of those played against Man City.

“The main thing was that they came through unscathed. We’ve got a 16-game season and it’s going to be massive to have extra bodies back.

“The more we have fit and ready to go the easier it’ll be. February is going to be a massive month with the games against teams in and around us.”

An experienced Spurs side, which included eight internationals who had commanded transfer fees in excess of £60m, saw off the youthful Hammers 3-0, with two goals from Harry Kane and one for Paulinho sealing their victory.

He added: “There were a few decent performances against a very good Spurs side – that was pretty much their Europa League team, I’d say. It was a good test for the younger lads, but the main objective today was to give Guy and Vaz minutes.



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