By Dominic Toner
West Ham have revealed that Andre Ayew is entering his own pre-season.
The club’s Head of Medical & Sports Science Stijn Vandenbroucke has explained that the 26-year-old is continuing his recovering from a long-term layout through injury.
Ayew, who arrived at the Hammers in the summer, picked up a serious thigh injury in the first league game of the season against Chelsea.
The Ghanian international was expected to play a big part in the current campaign, but the £20million singing from Swansea has been left frustrated on the sidelines.
He was not expected to return from injury until January, but there is now hope he could return in time for a busy schedule of fixtures around Christmas.
”Andre Ayew is continuing his rehab from the thigh injury he suffered in the opening Premier League fixture at Chelsea in August,” Vandenbroucke said, as quoted by the Evening Standard.
“He is entering the stage, a mini pre-season, where he needs to get significant fitness work under his belt in order to cope with the demands of the Premier League and adapt to the new biomechanics following a significant injury, basically hard work day after day.”
Ayew moved to West Ham in the summer after impressing at Swansea last season.
The attacker made 35 appearances for the Welsh club in all competitions, scoring 12 goals and supplying five assists.
Slaven Bilic’s side have endured a difficult start to the season and fellow new signing Simone Zaza has struggled to adjust to English football.
West Ham picked up a valuable 1-0 win against Crystal Palace on Saturday, with Manuel Lanzini scoring the decisive goal in the first-half.
The result moves the Hammers out of the relegation places and up to 15th in the Premier League table.
In other West Ham team news, the club’s supporters reacted on Twitter to Simone Zaza’s performance against Crystal Palace.