West Ham make another claim about when Lanzini and Payet will return

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West Ham remain hopeful over the injuries to Dimitri Payet and Manuel Lanzini.

West Ham United's Head of Medical and Sports Science Stijn Vandenbroucke has told the club's official website that he is hopeful about Dimitri Payet and Manuel Lanzini.

The Hammers enjoyed a superb start to the season under Slaven Bilic, but have comes unstuck in recent weeks, and are currently on a six-game winless run.

Bilic has a valid reason for the drop in form though, as he has encountered a remarkable run of injuries. Winston Reid, Dimitri Payet, Manuel Lanzini, Victor Moses and Diafra Sakho are all out injured at the moment, taking top Premier League quality out of his side.

The biggest misses for West Ham are, undoubtedly, Payet and Lanzini. The two summer signings dazzled in the famous claret and blue, providing goals and assists to justify why West Ham signed them in the first place.

Now though, West Ham lack the creative spark that those two players possess, and it's no surprise that last weekend's game against Stoke City ended 0-0.

Many fans expected that Payet and Lanzini would be out until 2016, before manager Bilic told the club's official Twitter account that they could be back much sooner than anticipated.

Now, further claims are emerging from Upton Park, with Head of Medical and Sports Science Stijn Vandenbroucke telling the club's official website that he hopes Payet is back in training 'in a few weeks', whilst Lanzini could play over the Christmas period.

"Dimitri Payet has come back to us very well after a period of rest and has started the active rehab," said Vandenbroucke. "The first signs are that he is progressing very well. Dimi is working hard, started running and is working with the ball without problems. We hope he could be back in full training in a few weeks."

"Manuel Lanzini has suffered a significant muscle injury that will take time. He has made good progress, feels much better and will have a control scan on Monday to evaluate if we can push on. We hope he will play some part over the Christmas period," he added.

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