West Ham have been discussing the fitness of both of their injured forwards.
And the 26-year-old is expected to be fully recovered by the New Year.
That does not, however, quicken his recovery process, with Payet expected to remain out for a three-month period.
But both pieces of news are no doubt boosts for the Hammers going into 2016.
For Slaven Bilic, of course, it will be all about managing the squad until then, with Christmas notoriously one of the busiest periods in English football.
The West Ham boss has the resources but the brilliance of Payet has elevated the east London side to new heights.
When both he and Valencia return, Bilic will certainly be grateful. Until then, though, it's a test for both the Croat and the rest of the West Ham squad.
The Irons' Premier League season resumes this weekend against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.