Date: 19th April 2017 at 8:00pm
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West Ham manager Slaven Bilic says he expects striker Diafra Sakho to be fit to face Everton on Saturday despite reports he has had a falling out with the Senegalese international.

The Sun continue to report that the pair had a blazing row before the match against Sunderland when Sakho refused to be a substitute after feeling he was fit enough to start the encounter at the Stadium of Light.

Speaking about the incident to the club’s official website, Bilic explained that he only had a phone call with Sakho where the forward expressed his frustration about picking up another injury which meant he was not available to face the Black Cats:

“I called Diaf on the day we travelled to Sunderland and asked him what was happening because he got injured and all that.He said ‘I am only frustrated because I have a small injury but I hope to be back for the game against Everton’ and we will see that. There was no argument whatsoever between us. I can say from my direct conversation with Diaf that it’s not the case and it’s not true what it said in the ‘papers.”

Sakho has reportedly never had the easiest relationship with Bilic, and was on the verge of leaving for West Brom in the summer only for the move to be cancelled due to failing a medical. The reason for the failed medical was a chronic back injury which has prevented Sakho from playing for most of this season for the Hammers.