Slaven Bilic provides fitness update on five West Ham United players, including Dimitri Payet

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West Ham United are set to welcome back a number of players to their first team in the coming weeks.

West Ham United are set to welcome a number of their first team stars back in the coming weeks, according to Slaven Bilic.

The Croatian boss was addressing reporters at his press conference today, and he confirmed that many of his injured players are close to making returns.

Dimitri Payet, Victor Moses, Nikica Jelavic and Winston Reid are all back in training - and could be back to face Liverpool on Saturday.

The increase in available options for Bilic is a major boost to West Ham, as they have struggled with so many players on the treatment table.

The Hammers have won just one of their last nine matches, but they will be hoping to make up for lost time now.

The returns of Payet, Reid and Moses will be particularly important - as they all established themselves as key players, before injuries struck.

One player who is further away from contention is Diafra Sakho.

The striker is not expected to return until February at the earliest, after picking up a thigh problem.

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