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West Ham forward Payet set for first start

Dimitri Payet could play against Watford. Credit: PA

Dimitri Payet is set to start his first match of the season when West Ham face Watford on Saturday.

The France midfielder was one of the stars of Euro 2016 but has made just one appearance from the substitutes' bench for the Hammers so far due to a thigh problem.

But Payet, who hit 12 goals last term, has proved his fitness with two substitute appearances for his national side and is poised to go straight back into the starting line-up against the Hornets.

He hasn't played for us, apart from as a substitute against Chelsea, but he played 45 minutes for France against Italy, and then 35 minutes against Belarus.

He's going to definitely be in the squad. I'm expecting him to be fit and ready and, if he is, he is going to start the game.

We have missed him. You are going to miss that kind of player, it's the same for every club.

France missed him, they were better when he came on. With his quality in open play we have been missing him.

– Slaven Bilic
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