Encouraging for West Ham fans: Payet's approach to minimising future injuries

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The West Ham playmaker had been discussing his recent return from two months out.

West Ham United playmaker Dimitri Payet has explained how he is aiming to avoid injury in the future, according to the club's official website.

Indeed, the 28-year-old has explained that he received plenty of rest after his initial injury, giving him a psychological boost.

And Payet also says he will be taking things easy from hereon in - not rushing back into regular 90-minute action before he is ready.

The Frenchman told West Ham TV: "I didn't have to have an operation, so I saved a bit of time in my recuperation. Then I spent ten days back at home in Reunion, which really did me good and so when I returned, I felt good psychologically.

"When I got back it was back to work with the physios, with whom I worked very hard. And I thank them because the reason that I'm able to play today it's also thanks to them who helped me get back on my feet.

"Of course we'll continue to be careful, we mustn't go too quickly, but we're happy that I'm back after only two months."

It sounds as though the West Ham medical team have been thorough with the 28-year-old. And they should be - he is their star man, after all.

It also sounds like the steps taken have been rather basic. But they are steps that are very easy to ignore.

Just look at Daniel Sturridge at Liverpool. Every time he returns, there are further problems. And, though he is a particularly bad case, the fact he was rushed back at some stage early on in his rehabilitation has no doubt had a negative effect.

It will be interesting to see how much Payet features against Wolves in the FA Cup. David Gold and David Sullivan have both promised a strong team selection for that clash - but it may be wise to keep the Frenchman on the bench for now.

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