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Slaven speaks Liverpool – West Ham Official Site

Ahead of the Hammers first game of 2016, Slaven Bilic held his pre-match press conference at Rush Green.
During the briefing, the manager fielded a range of questions from the all-important team news, facing Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool and starting the New Year strongly.
Here’s what the gaffer had to say…

Slaven, Happy New Year, is Dimitri Payet in contention to start at the weekend?
“Yes, he has been training with us for a couple of days. It depends how he trains today but I am expecting him to be in the squad. We’ll have to see how much he can participate but it is a great boost for us of course. I think he’ll be involved for the squad for Liverpool.
“Jelavic is back training with us, Winston Reid and Victor Moses are also back so it’s a good situation for us. They still need to get their fitness up but it is good news.”

Will Moses and Reid be available for the Liverpool game?
“Not for Liverpool, there is a small chance but I don’t think so. They are more likely to feature in the FA Cup game against Wolves.”

It’s News Years’ Eve, what have you told your players about how they celebrate?
“They can celebrate with their families of course, something quiet. They know that, they are professional and we are training on Friday.”

What have you made of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side?
“Well, they are Liverpool, they’re a huge team. They’ve won their last two games and kept clean sheets so they’ll be confident. They’ve shown some really good performances, but they are also vulnerable. We are expecting a very tough game, they are full of energy, a way that they like to play. It’ll be a very tough game for us.”

How much do you think the club will change by this time next year?
“Well we have a plan, and there’s a lot happening in the coming months. Of course, we have the new stadium which is very important. On the pitch, we are progressing well, and we have two transfer windows coming up so, by this time next year, a lot of things will be different.”

Are you expecting to be busy in the January transfer window?
“With the injured players coming back, we are in a good way, I am happy with the squad. If something exceptional comes up then maybe, but at the moment we have a good team. Apart from Sakho we are all practically back, if we are lucky he could be back by early February, overall our squad is good enough. We did a very good job in the summer, particularly toward the end.”

What are ambitions for the rest of the season?
“Same as it was at the start, we have to take each game as it happens, we have to maintain the same intensity and if we do that we will do well. We don’t have a specific target; we want to win every game. Knowing that this is the most difficult league in Europe, that’ll be tough, but when we are at are best, we are very good.”

Jurgen Klopp is a real personality, what do you make of him so far?
“Having him in the Premier League is a real boost. He’s the one who all the big clubs wanted, he came to England which is good, he is one of the best coaches in the league. The expectations on him are high of course, but it’s good to have him in the Premier League.”

From the Treatment Room – West Ham Official Site

Head of Medical and Sports Science Stijn Vandenbroucke issues his latest update – in association with Spire Roding Hospital
Hello everybody and welcome to the final From the Treatment Room update of 2015!
All of the medical and sports science team were delighted with the 2-1 win over Southampton on Monday, for many reasons.
First, of course we were happy to get the three points; Second, we were pleased to see Andy Carroll and Manu Lanzini return to the pitch and not suffer any reactions, while James Tomkins did well to play after suffering a blow to his eye at Aston Villa; Third, we got through without picking up any new injuries.
This time of year is very challenging for the medical and sports science departments, as it is for all backroom staff at every football club.
We saw a lot of muscle injuries in the Premier League in the last few games, and we should question ourselves as to why we play twice in 48 hours.
With so many matches in a short space of time, we use a number of methods to help the players to recover for the next game with a quick turnaround, including physiotherapy, soft tissue treatments, recovery gym work, cryotherapy chambers, ice baths and the traditional methods of good food and plenty of rest and recovery time.
The medical and sports science team deserves credit in this final week of the year.
Payet’s injury is one where you would normally be out for ten to 12 weeks, but he is training after seven-and-a-half weeks. Lanzini’s injury would normally rule a player out for four to six weeks, but he was playing in three-and-a-half weeks.
On the other hand it’s not always about bringing the players back as soon as possible, but assessing the risks. Some players are out for longer than planned because they are not ready, but if we play two games in three days, we all push it to the limit and give the manager the best possible cards to win the game.
We win, lose, get injured and rehab as a team.
Dimitri Payet has recovered from his high ankle sprain and has been training with the team. Dimi will be available to play some part against Liverpool on Saturday.
The same is the case for Nikica Jelavic and Aaron Cresswell, who both have a good chance to be available for the weekend.
Victor Moses and Winston Reid will join training later this week and are working with the rehab fitness coach to get the necessarily fitness under their belts.
Diafra Sakho will return to Rush Green on Thursday and begin the next stage of his rehab.
Happy New Year!
Stijn Vandenbroucke
Head of Medical and Sports Science

Lanzini is all smiles again – West Ham Official Site

Manuel Lanzini is fighting fit once more and was all smiles after his return coincided with West Ham United’s first Barclays Premier League win in nine. 
The Argentine, who was sidelined for little over three weeks with a thigh problem, joined Andy Carroll in leaping off the bench at half-time in Monday’s success over Southampton. 
The pair were instrumental in the second-half resurgence that followed and Lanzini insists it won’t be long before he is back to his very best.   
“I’m very happy on a personal level to come back from injury, which was what I wanted,” he told West Ham TV. “Physically I felt alright, I felt fit. I need more playing time now but I felt very well.
“We knew it was going to be a very difficult game because they were coming here with high expectations after beating Arsenal. 
“The first half wasn’t very good for us but thankfully in the second half we got our game going and we turned it around.” 
While victory was all important, in whatever form it arrived, Lanzini was pleased as punch for the two goalscorers on the day.   
He continued: “It was a bit of a strange goal but he [Michail] deserved it. After the equaliser he gave us power and the will to keep going forward.  
“I’m very happy for the second goal because Andy means a lot to this Club. Mainly, we’re all happy that we got back to winning ways because that’s what the whole group wanted.” 
With Liverpool set to visit the Boleyn Ground on Saturday, Lanzini can cast his mind back to the Hammers’ unforgettable 3-0 win at Anfield in August. 
The midfield maestro needed just three minutes on debut to open his West Ham account in front of the Kop and hopes to a complete a famous double at the weekend.  
“We’re going to try and do well again against Liverpool – the main thing is that it goes well for the group because that’s all that matters.” 



Hammers still looking to land Zaza – Gazzetta dello Sport

West Ham are planing to launch a January bid for Juventus striker Simone Zaza, having failed to bring him to Upton Park in the summer.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Slaven Bilic wanted to land the 24-year-old at the same time as he signed Angelo Ogbonna from the Italian giants, but was unable to force through a deal.
But the article claims that a January deal is more likely, and he could join the Hammers on loan until the end of the current campaign, before signing permanently in the summer.
The report suggests the East Londoners would have to pay £13.2million if they were to make him a West Ham player ahead of their move to the Olympic Stadium.
Zaza has five goals to his name this term, but is still way behind in the pecking order and will want first team football given his age. The Mirror also links him with the likes of Watford and Norwich.


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