By Will Butcher

Slaven Bilic has revealed that new signing Andre Ayew has returned to West Ham training for the first time following a thigh injury.

The Ghanaian international tore the muscle in his upper leg during his debut against Chelsea back in August, just days after completing a £20million move from Swansea.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of the Hammers’ game against Sunderland, West Ham’s official Twitter account quoted a delighted Bilic as the attacking star returned to training.

The news will come as a huge boost to West Ham fans, after target man Andy Carroll was ruled out for a longer period than expected with a knee injury.

Fans will also be keen to see Ayew pull on the claret and blue jersey again, as attacking stars Simone Zaza, Sofiane Feghouli and Gokhan Tore are still coming to grips with the Premier League.

West Ham chiefs decided to splash out on the former Marseille attacker this summer after the 26-year-old starred for Swansea last term.

The Hammers’ number 20 scored 12 league goals last term as well as adding five assists during his 34 appearances for the Welsh outfit.

With Ayew back in the side, Bilic’s side could look to secure just their third win of the Premier League season at home to struggling Sunderland.

A win could see Ayew and co. move up to 13th if other results go their way. A first league win for David Moyes’ side though could see the Hammers drop back into the relegation zone.

In other West Ham team news, Jamie Redknapp has explained how Dimitri Payet will become more effective in the coming weeks.