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Payet starts, Kouyate misses out

Filed: Tuesday, 12th January 2016
By: Staff Writer

Dimitri Payet returns to West Ham's starting XI for the first time since early November when Slaven Bilic's side take on Bournemouth at Dean Court this evening.

The French midfielder featured briefly against Liverpool and Wolves but makes his first start for the Hammers since the 1-1 draw with Everton back on November 7th.

In other team news, James Tomkins continues to deputise for Carl Jenkinson at right back although Cheik Kouyate misses out with a minor groin strain; his place going to the in-form Pedro Obiang.

Meanwhile Mauro Zarate has not been included in the 18-man match day squad, lending wight to speculation that he'll be leaving the club shortly.

For Bournemouth, new £9million-man Benik Afobe starts in attack but fellow new arrivals Juan Iturbe - on loan from Roma - and £8million signing Lewis Grabban have to be content with a place on the bench.

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Bournemouth: Boruc, Francis, Cook, Gosling, Surman, Arter, Daniels, Smith, Stanislas, Afobe, Ritchie.

Subs: Federici, Distin, Pugh, O'Kane, Iturbe, Grabban, Murray

West Ham Utd: Adrian, Tomkins, Collins, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Obiang, Noble (c), Antonio, Payet, Valencia, Carroll.

Subs: Randolph, Jenkinson, Reid, Oxford, Song, Cullen, Jelavic.

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