West Ham are confident Andre Ayew would be back in actioon in December after revealing he would not need surgery on his damaged thigh.
The West Ham star limped off on his debut against Chelsea and there were fears he could be out for as many as four months.
But it has emerged he would need no surgery and could be back in Slavan Billic’s plans in November with a definite return set for December.
“Andre Ayew suffered a rare but very serious thigh injury at Chelsea, which will take time to recover from,” head of medical and sports science Stijn Vandenbroucke told the club’s official website.
“Andre will not have surgery and we have started the rehab straight away, working two times a day. Andre is a highly professional athlete with a positive attitude that no doubt will affect the return to play date.
He added: “It is early to put a time-line on the rehab, but we are positive to reintroduce him in December.”
That would be music to the ears of Ghana coach Avram Grant who would be hopeful that the deputy Black Stars captain would now be in line for a place at the 2017 Nations Cup.
By TV3 Sports