Payet ready to start

LONDON: West Ham United playmaker Dimitri Payet could start against Liverpool on Saturday after nearly two months out with an ankle injury, manager Slaven Bilic revealed on Thursday. The France midfielder, 28, was expected to be sidelined until February after damaging ankle ligaments in the 1-1 draw with Everton on November 7, but he has recovered ahead of schedule. Payet made an impressive start to life in England after signing from Marseille, scoring five goals and supplying three assists in his first 12 EPL matches before injury derailed him. His form helped West Ham rise to the Champions League places, but they went eight games without victory prior to Monday’s 2-1 win over Southampton.