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The France international midfielder was snapped up during the summer from Marseille but an early knock has limited him to just two first-team appearances in 2012-13

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.