Slaven Bilic insists West Ham will not rush Dimitri Payet

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic with Dimitri Payet as he is substituted

The Frenchman is still building up his fitness after starring at Euro 2016.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic before the gameWest Ham manager Slaven Bilic before the game

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has told the London Evening Standard that they will not rush Dimitri Payet back to action.

The midfielder has had a busy year, starring for the Hammers last season as well as guiding France to the final of Euro 2016 this summer.

Those exertions in France mean he is slightly behind the rest of the team in terms of fitness at the beginning of this campaign.

France's Dimitri Payet before the matchFrance's Dimitri Payet before the match

Some are calling for him to be brought back in as soon as possible though, with him sorely missed in their opening day defeat to Chelsea on Monday.

Bilic insists they will not do that though, especially given the injuries that have already hit his squad so far.

“The good news for me is that Dimitri Payet is getting fitter day by day. Of course we need him and Manuel Lanzini but you can’t rush him too much,” he told the London Evening Standard.

“You can probably rush him 10 per cent without too much risk but not more than that. Otherwise you risk him picking up an injury, which, on top of all the others, we certainly do not need.”

France's Dimitri Payet celebrates at the end of the matchFrance's Dimitri Payet celebrates at the end of the match

When Payet does make his return, it will be interesting to see if he can replicate his performances of last season.

It has certainly been an impressive year from him, and given the highs he has achieved it would not be that surprising to see his performance levels drop somewhat.

West Ham will certainly be hoping that doesn’t happen, with the Frenchman likely to play a starring role as they attempt to improve on last season.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic with Dimitri Payet as he is substitutedWest Ham manager Slaven Bilic with Dimitri Payet as he is substituted

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