By Dominic Toner

West Ham attacker Andre Ayew claims he is working hard after returning from a long-term injury.

The 26-year-old has made two substitute appearances in the last two games as manager Slaven Bilic eases him back into the first-team.

Ayew suffered a serious groin injury on the opening day of the season against Chelsea and has watched his side suffer a disappointing start to the campaign.

The Ghanian international lasted just 35 minutes in his debut for the club before being substituted off injured.

Ayew believes that he will be prepared to return fully to the side when he is called on by Bilic.

“The injury feels good and I am working hard,” Ayew said, as quoted by the club’s official website. “Things are going well and hopefully I can continue like this.

“It is up to the manager when I am ready to start a game but the most important thing is that we continue to work hard and try and win games. When the gaffer needs me I will be ready.”

Ayew moved to East London this summer for a club-record £20million after starring in a Swansea side that finished 12th last season.

The attacker made 35 appearances for the Welsh club in all competitions, scoring 12 goals and supplying five assists.

He was initially not expected to return from injury until January and has enjoyed a speedy recovery.

In other West Ham news, Jack Sullivan has posted a Twitter message after the club’s defeat to Everton.