West Ham's strongest available starting XI: Valencia and Sakho feature with Payet out injured

Taking a look at the best 11 players currently available to West Ham United.

West Ham United suffered a major blow earlier this week when it was announced that summer signing Dimitri Payet would be out for three months with an ankle injury.

With the Frenchman excelling at Upton Park this season, it means Hammers manager Slaven Bilic must call on his other players to step up in the 28-year-old’s absence.

With another international break upon us, we take a look at West Ham’s strongest available XI in light of Payet’s injury and with the vital games coming thick and fast.

Next up for West Ham is a Premier League clash with Tottenham Hotspur directly after the latest round of international fixtures and Bilic will want to make a statement by defeating their London rivals at White Hart Lane.

The Hammers have a superb away record so far this season, having already overcome Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City on their way to their current position of sixth in the league.

With defender James Collins also unavailable due to suspension, here is the side we feel is currently West Ham’s strongest:

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