By Alex Taylor
Slaven Bilic has omitted attacking duo Dimitri Payet and Diafra Sakho from the West Ham team for their first game at the Olympic Stadium.
The east London outfit will do without the pair for the Europa League second-leg tie against Domzale as they aim to overturn a humiliating 2-1 defeat from the first leg against the Slovakian minnows.
Croatian manager Bilic has left out the two key attacking threats despite the pressing need to win the tie and qualify for the Europa League group stages.
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The dropping of Sakho comes as no surprise after the Senegalese international has been angling for a move away from the Olympic Stadium this summer, as he reportedly refused to go on the club’s pre-season tour of Austria after he handed in a transfer request.
The 26-year-old striker’s move to West Brom fell through on Thursday to leave his immediate future in limbo.
Payet has also not been selected for the fixture after a long European Championship campaign this summer with France that saw his team reach the final of the tournament, before losing to Portugal 1-0 in extra time.
The starting XI for the fixture includes an an array of young players like Reece Oxford and Sam Byram and Bilic has also made room for new signings Håvard Nordtveit and Sofiane Feghouli.