Last Updated: Mon, 03 Mar 2014 13:19
West Ham defender Guy Demel has revealed he had to climb off his sick bed to be available for the clash at Everton.
The 32-year-old had been suffering with a illness before the weekend's game at Goodison Park and he lasted until the 80th minute before he was replaced.
After he left the field Everton grabbed the only goal of the game through Romelu Lukaku and took all three points, bringing to an end West Ham's excellent recent run in the process.
"I had fever and I was sick," the Ivory Coast international defender said.
"The doctor came on Monday and said I had a temperature and my glands were really swollen, so I stayed at home for a couple of days.
"I came back Thursday and trained on Friday, but it never easy when you take antibiotics.
"It is not an excuse, I tried my best and I tried to do my job, but I was kind of disappointed because I had to leave my team-mates on the pitch."
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