Winston Reid has told West Ham United’s official site that he had no problems waiting for his chance.
Reid fell out of favour at Upton Park, after picking up an injury back in December, due to his teammates' good form.
The partnership that James Collins and Angelo Ogbonna formed at the heart of the Hammers’ defence in his absence was formidable, and Reid realised that Bilic could not drop either of the pair due to their good form.
“I haven’t been frustrated [at waiting for my chance]," the New Zealand international said. "I spoke to the manager and he told me how the situation was. The defence has been doing really well since I have been out and I said to him that it is not a problem, when I am needed he can call upon me to play.
“Everyone wants to play of course, but I know the situation. I trained hard and it gave me a couple of extra weeks to get my fitness back up.”
Reid made his West Ham comeback against Manchester City, and he helped his side pick up a 2-2 draw.
The 27-year-old will now be looking to protect his place, over the coming weeks.
Reid is regarded as one of West Ham’s most talented defenders, and his exclusion highlights just how fierce the competition for places at Upton Park is.
Slaven Bilic has assembled a quality squad at Upton Park, and that has helped the London club climb into sixth place in the Premier League table.