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19th Aug, 2016 | 6:43pm

West Ham to make imminent decision over crucial first-team injury

By Harvey Byrne

West Ham will imminently make a decision on whether Andre Ayew needs to undergo surgery on his injured thigh, according to Slaven Bilic.

The 26-year-old is expected to be out for four months in the wake of the injury sustained in the club’s opening day 2-1 defeat against Chelsea.

The extended absence of the Hammers’ club-record signing is a huge blow to manager Bilic as he revealed the club’s plans for the player’s rehabilitation.

“For Andre Ayew there are two solutions, one with surgery and one without. We are going to decide which one soon,” said Bilic in a pre-match press conference in the buildup to the clash against Bournemouth, as quoted by ESPN.

“He could be out for two and a half months or up to four. It shouldn’t be more. He could be back this year, and we just have to hope.”

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Ayew signed a three-year contract at the Hammers following his transfer from Swansea earlier this month.

Despite the Swans’ struggles, the Ghana international was one of the shining lights of the Welsh club’s season scoring 12 goals and providing five assists in 35 encounters.

He has also played a key role for his country, representing his national side 69 times and scoring 11 goals as well as winning the BBC African Player of the Year in 2011.

Ayew has now joined Manuel Lanzini and Aaron Cresswell in the Hammers treatment room.

The east London club host Bournemouth at their new Olympic Stadium on Sunday and Bilic’s side will be keen to earn their first victory of the new campaign.

In other West Ham team news, Slaven Bilic has pointed to the inexperience of his team as the reason his side drew on Thursday evening.