Alou Diarra rues injury woes so soon after joining West Ham

West Ham midfielder Alou Diarra has revealed his frustration at picking up an injury so soon after his move to the Premier League but is hopeful for a return sooner rather than later.

The France international arrived at Upton Park form Marseille during the summer, making his debut as a substitute against Swansea City on August 25, only to suffer a thigh strain in training just weeks later.

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And he is aiming to make it back to Sam Allardyce's first-team thinking in time for the end of the international break.

Diarra told France Football: "In my mind I am fine, but physically I am not so well.

"I picked up a serious right thigh strain about a fortnight ago. The examinations revealed quite a big hematoma.

"The club doctor stated I will need two months to recover, but I hope it will be a little less.

"You just have to put up with it, get good treatment, and let it heal to avoid relapse. But after starting for a new club it is quite annoying."

This is Diarra's second spell in English football, the 31-year-old having been on the books Liverpool between 2002 and 2005 - though he never played a league game for the Reds in that time.

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