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Payet makes his return

payetDimi Payet made his comeback from injury as he arrived as a second half sub for Manchester United’s Anthony Martial in tonight’s friendly international against Italy.

The French are currently leading 2-1 via goals from Martial and Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud and Payet has made just one contribution so far.

He saw a right footed shot from outside the penalty area saved in the centre of the goal following an assist from Paul Pogba.

Dimi’s appearance came as no surprise to West Ham insiders who had told us that they expected the player to make an appearance.

However, it will be galling for the Irons fans who were disappointed that he did not see a second of action in the 3-1 defeat by Manchester City.

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9 comments on “Payet makes his return

  1. Galling is the wrong word. Good that he wasn’t made to come back too early and risk injury like so many others of late.

  2. He had a quiet game , passing was off and needs much needed game time ! Rusty ?
    Pogba thinks he is best in world , free kick in payet zone , pogba takes it , lucky to hit target , easily saved ! Could have played payet in on one occasion but chose not to !
    French team have a few players who are thinking far above themselves ???
    Not expecting payet to set the world on fire v Watford , needs to sharpen up , which is expected when not played sufficient match time. 🙂

  3. What was it – an ‘upper thigh’ injury?

    I’m not in the slightest bit suprised to see that he managed to be fit enough to turn out for France – now Bilic has got to get him to buckle down and start working for West Ham!

    Don’t these International breaks give you the pip!!

    • Well all the wetties have their answer Michael , he got a knock v Chelsea , kante tackle more than likely ! That’s why he hasn’t played ! This international break gives him 45 mins in a friendly , and maybe another 45 in the qualifier ! He is rusty that’s all , dechump did us proud, he eased him in like he said , hopefully he will do the same the weekend , he’s back that’s the main thing ! :-).

  4. They do have their advantages very occasionally when you have a massive injury list but in general yeah they are a pain.
    Now I must dash off for my perm & manicure to look my best for our site owner FishNChips!!

    • Naughty Bob , let’s hope she sees the funny side and not the dark bullying side ??
      My nails look luvly this morning ! Just having my blue rinse ? .

  5. Got fit enough and recovered for France ; curious .
    Should be raring to go then when we play Watford .

  6. No Kevin ,its called man management ! Not a conspiracy Ffs .

  7. Country first
    Wage payers second,
    You can’t be not fit to play 45 minutes and then 5 days later be fit,
    It’s not a conspiracy theory it’s a fact and its ducking wrong,
    We might as well send Ayew to see his witch doctor what harm can it be,
    I hope Payet is 100% fit on his return and no half games he owes this club because we gave him the chance to resurrect his international career

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