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Published: 10:46 | 24/8/16

No surgery for Ayew

Forward targeting December return

Andre Ayew does not require surgery on the thigh injury that will keep him out until December.

The club's record signing was forced off just 35 minutes into his West Ham debut against Chelsea on August 15 and subsequent scans revealed a rare but serious thigh injury.

West Ham's head of medical and sports science Stijn Vandenbrouck has confirmed that Ayew will not undergo surgery but has revealed the forward will not be ready to return until December.

"Andre Ayew suffered a rare but very serious thigh injury at Chelsea, which will take time to recover from," 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.

"It is early to put a timeline on the rehab, but we are positive to reintroduce him in December."

Andy Carroll, meanwhile is facing up to six weeks on the sidelines after picking up a knee injury during the club's Europa League play-off first-leg against Astra Giurgiu last week.

"Unfortunately, Andy Carroll, after his first good pre-season in many years, injured his knee in the game against Astra Giurgiu in Romania last week," Vandenbroucke said.

"It was an incident where he passed the ball and then slipped on a difficult playing surface, over-stretching his knee.

"Andy has been an example at the training ground this season, working hard on the pitch and in the gym, but the reality is that he will be out for 4-6 weeks.

"One should not underestimate the mental challenge that comes with a physical injury. Andy cannot wait to start going again and he will come back strong."

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