West Ham coach not to drop arrested footballer Sakho

London, Aug 13 (IANS) English Premier League (EPL) side West Ham United head coach Slaven Bilic on Thursday said that he will continue to select Senegalese international footballer Diafra Sakho despite the forward’s arrest for assault.

Sakho was arrested on suspicion of common assault last Thursday following allegations the 25-year-old attacked a female.

But the West Ham forward will be available for Saturday’s clash against Leicester City following talks with Bilic.

“He is training, he played against Arsenal, he looks okay and is not worried,” Bilic was quoted as saying by dailymail.co.uk.

“He is still positive and not worried and trained normally,” the Croat added.

Police made their move last Thursday, just three days before the side recorded a shock 2-0 win over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, following allegations the 25-year-old attacked a woman.

Sakho was arrested at his Essex home, in Hornchurch, before being taken to an east London police station.

The striker, who cost West Ham 3.5 million pounds last year, was also arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and malicious communication.

Sakho has been bailed and is due to return at a date towards the end of next month.

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