Star West Ham duo set to start long road to recovery after key moment in rehabilitation

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West Ham United are still reeling from losing two of their star players to long-term injuries but there is some light at the end of the tunnel.

When the Hammers drew 1-1 with Everton earlier this month, from the outside looking in it wasn't the worst result in the world.

It did not tell the tale of what has turned out to be one of the most costly draws in recent memory, though.

That's because the East Londoners lost their star man Dimitri Payet for three months after a crude tackle from Toffees midfielder James McCarthy.

Double blow was bitter pill to swallow

Not only that they also lost his replacement Enner Valencia, himself only just back from a three month injury, and he will sit out the next two months.

Much was made of how Slaven Bilic's side would cope without Payet, who has been one of the star performers in the Premier League on his debut season.

And unfortunately for Bilic and Hammers fans, the answer was pretty emphatic as they were trounced 4-1 by bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur in their next game.

Rehabilitation milestone

There is some light at the end of the tunnel for all concerned, though.

That's after West Ham's head of medical and Sports Science Stijn Vandenbroucke gave his latest update from the treatment room on the club's official website.

He revealed both players would reach important milestones in their long roads back to the first team with the removal of their protective boots.

"Dimitri Payet and Enner Valencia are both in a period of immobilisation and wearing a boot.

"We will look to start their rehabilitation next week and take their treatment to the next stage," Vandenbroucke told

Fears came home to roost

All the fears of Hammers fans came home to roost against Spurs.

Bilic's side looked utterly predictable throughout and lacked pace. There is no getting away from the fact they were dearly missing their new French hero and their £12 million Ecuadorian.

But any side in the Premier League would suffer in similar circumstances. Take Spurs as an example. How much less effective would they be if they were shorn of Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen?

West Ham have a good squad this season, though, and now it is up to Bilic to find a new way to win, starting against West Bromich Albion this Sunday.

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