London - West Ham United's Senegalese striker Diafra Sakho
could play against Leicester City this weekend despite having been arrested on
suspicion of assault, manager Slaven Bilic said on Thursday.
Sakho, 25, is thought to have been arrested last week on suspicion
of assaulting his girlfriend in east London.
But he played in the team that won 2-0 at Arsenal in West
Ham's opening Premier League fixture last weekend and Bilic suggested he would
keep his place against Leicester on Saturday.
"Well, he's training," Bilic told a press
conference when asked about Sakho's situation. "He played against Arsenal.
He was here every day, he looks OK, he looks happy, he's not worried. For all
these things, I'm happy.
"For all other the aspects of this problem, you should
talk to Diafra. Of course I'm concerned. I spoke with him. But he looks very
positive, he's not worried about it."
Sakho joined West Ham from French side Metz last year and
scored 12 goals in his first season at Upton Park.
Meanwhile, French midfielder Morgan Amalfitano's future at
the club is in serious doubt after Bilic said he was not part of his plans.
The Croatian downplayed press reports of a bust-up between
the pair, but confirmed that Amalfitano had been removed from the first-team
"He's not in the first team anymore and that is
it," Bilic said.
He added: "It was nothing or nowhere near what was in
the papers. It was not brawling in front of players. This was just a quiet
meeting between the two or us where I explained the situation.
"I had to do it to keep the harmony, to keep everything
Bilic also dismissed suggestions that West Ham had decided
not to offer controversy-prone midfielder Joey Barton a contract due to
protests against the move by the club's fans.
"We were thinking about Joey and I like him as a
player," he said. "We discussed, we had some talks and ideas about
him. But after that we decided and Joey also not to do it."