Sene­gal miffed at Sakho’s re­cov­ery

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WINNER: Di­afra Sakho WEST HAM in­sist they have done noth­ing wrong by play­ing Di­afra Sakho at the week­end.

Sene­gal coach Alain Giresse is an­gry the striker played at Bris­tol City in the FA Cup on Sun­day, when he scored the only goal of the game.

The 25-year-old missed the Africa Cup of Na­tions be­cause of a back in­jury.

Giresse wasn’t ex­pect­ing to see him in a Ham­mers shirt while the tour­na­ment was on and had a pop on learn­ing oth­er­wise.

He said: “When you can­not fly for six weeks and then sud­denly you’re play­ing a football game, there must be mirac­u­lous medicine in Eng­land.

“I’m sur­prised to learn he played.

“This sets a dan­ger­ous prece­dent be­cause you’re go­ing to have play­ers claim­ing they can’t catch planes to Africa but who can still play football.”

Sakho’s in­jury was ini­tially caused while on in­ter­na­tional duty and the Ham­mers are con­vinced it was not treated prop­erly by na­tional team medics.

Up­ton Park boss Sam Al­lardyce in­sisted that meant Sakho was un­able to fly long dis­tances, but could get about by car.

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