Photos: West Ham players in training ahead of AC Astra match including Payet and Samuelsen

Slaven Bilic - West Ham Vs Birkrikara

West Ham United have their fifth competitive match of the season this week and the Premier League still has not kicked off.

West Ham United’s players were put through their paces ahead of their Europa League qualifying match against AC Astra on Thursday evening.

The Hammers have already navigated their way through two early rounds of the competition, with differing levels of ease, but with the group stage drawing ever closer manager Slaven Bilic is likely to play a strong side against the Romanians in order to avoid an embarrassing exit.

Some of West Ham’s summer signings are likely to feature against Astra and the star of pre-season so far, Dimitri Payet, was in training as was new centre-back Angelo Ogbonna, who could also play this week give the absence of Winston Reid and James Tomkins.

One of the stars of last season, Aaron Cresswell, was also in attendance along with young midfielder Martin Samuelsen who could have a very big influence at the club in the years to come given his talent and early performances.

Above and below is a selection of images as West Ham ready themselves for another important game:

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