20 May, 2017
Hammers look to end the campaign on a positive note as the New Zealand global has undergone an operation and been ruled out for 10 weeks.
"He played with pain (in) the last few games, then we made a decision to do the operation after the Liverpool game".
Bilic also revealed that Andy Carroll will remain on the sidelines until the new season, after initially hoping he may be back in time for their last fixture. "It was not my thinking at the start of the season [that I would lose my place in the starting XI], but this is football and I've come back into the team in the last few games to help my teammates and to get some more points".
Bilic admitted in his Standard Sport column West Ham had faced a "perfect storm" of moving to a new stadium, losing their star player Dimitri Payet and failing to integrate a host of new signings.
In contrast, West Ham United were seen as outsiders for a potential European spot after finishing seventh last season.
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Bilic added: "Winston is good".
"He's so valuable for us and he makes such a big impact on our game that he is very important for us and when he's not available of course I feel it and the team feels it".
With Winston Reid out injured, Ireland U21 global Declan Rice could make his Premier League debut this weekend.
This week they will be able to play with a lot more freedom and that might allow us to see what this team really has to offer in the Premier League next season. We were without eight players but still had a decent team so that shows that squad-wise, with the quantity of the players, we are okay. West Ham now have got nothing to play for, they used their cup final the other week against Tottenham.