The French midfielder has been ruled out of Premier League action for up to three months following a heavy challenge from Everton’s James McCarthy before the international break.
It was thought that surgery on the 28-year-old’s injured ankle could mean a longer recuperation period but it seems that an operation will not be needed.
Dimitri Payet told the official West Ham website “I am doing well. I am surrounded by very good people which has allowed me to recover and I am keeping my head high. It is a long period but I am looking forward to making a return to action”
“Of course it is a big relief for me that I will not need an operation. I speak from experience and having had a couple of operations it is not an easy thing to cope with. It is good news on that front but it doesn’t change the time that it will take me to recover.
“I want to get back playing as quickly as I can and perform to the way I have been doing so far this season. It has been a dream for me.”
The injury to their talisman could not have come at a worse time for the Hammers, who now have unforeseeable aims of finishing in a European spot this season. West Ham have started the season in fantastic fashion and currently sit 6th in the table, three points off Manchester United in fourth and level on points with Sunday’s opponents Tottenham Hotspur.
The East London side will go into the fixture at White Hart Lane without Payet, and injured striker Enner Valencia who is also recovering from an ankle problem and is likely to be out for six weeks.