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Five key questions regarding Dimitri Payet's injury

Filed: Monday, 9th November 2015
By: Staff Writer

It was confirmed earlier this afternoon that Dimitri Payet will be out of action until February 2016 at the earliest after sustaining damage to his ankle ligaments during Saturday's 1-1 draw with Everton.

The 28-year-old was felled by a terrible first half challenge from behind by Everton's James McCarthy and forced off the field just five minutes into the second half as a result.

However questions are now inevitably being asked about the circumstances behind the injury, the extent of which even manager Slaven Bilic appeared unaware of during his post-match press conference on Saturday evening.

When questioned as to the nature of Payet's injury, Bilic told the assembled media that he expected him to be back sooner rather than later - clearly oblivious to the gravity of the French midfielder's condition.

"I've been in football long enough not to listen to those first opinions," he said. "Almost always they're totally different after the scans. So we have to wait.

"Payet and Valencia's are both ankles," he continued. "I think the first one [on Payet] was a bad challenge, to be fair. It doesn't look good, but I'm hoping and I'm optimistic that they're going to be okay for the Spurs game."

So five key questions we believe West Ham United FC need to answer following this afternoon's revelations are:

1. Why was Payet allowed to play/limp on until half time following McCarthy's dreadful challenge?

2. Why was Payet told by the medical team at half time he could continue after the break?

3. Why was Payet allowed to play for five further minutes before asking to be substituted?

4. Why did Payet take his place in the dug-out after leaving the field of play instead of receiving immediate treatment?

5. On whose advice was Slaven Bilic acting when stating that the injury may not necessarily be serious?

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