West Ham United midfielder Dimitri Payet will miss up to three months with an ankle injury the team announced Monday.
Payet, 28, suffered the injury in West Ham’s 1-1 draw against Everton after a challenge by James McCarthy. The Hammers released the following statement on their website:
“West Ham United can confirm that midfielder Dimitri Payet suffered an injury to his left ankle during Saturday’s game with Everton.
The France international had a scan on Sunday and after a consultation with a specialist on Monday, it is likely that he will be ruled out of action for three months.”
The nifty Frenchman has had a great start to his Premier League career since joining the Hammers in the summer from Ligue 1 side Marseille. Payet has scored five goals in 12 league games so far this season and has been one of the reasons to West Ham sitting in 6th place in the Premier League with 21 points.
After the game on Saturday, West Ham manager Slaven Bilic commented on the situation. McCarthy went in with a scissor tackle that gave him a yellow card.
“I didn’t see it but I was told it should have been red,” Bilic told The Daily Mail.
“I saw it was a foul from behind and they made a few of them. We had our player injured and we don’t know how bad it is, but it was bad enough for him not to finish the game.
“It is a big blow for us. Payet is our main player with the ball and I am not happy with the injury.”