West Ham have been dealt a massive blow with club record signing Andre Ayew out for four months....
The £20.5million forward limped off the Stamford Bridge pitch 35 minutes into his debut against Chelsea with a thigh injury which manager Slaven Bilic hoped would only keep him out for three weeks.
But scans on Wednesday revealed that Ayew, signed from Swansea 10 days ago, will require surgery that will keep him out until at least Christmas.
Ayew pulled up after sprinting for a ball and was not expected to be out long-term. Just hours before the results of the scan arrived, Bilic was explaining how satisfied he was with the size of his squad, but the Croatian has been left devastated by the news that Ayew has torn a muscle.
Club doctor Stijn Vandenbroucke said Ayew faced 'a significant rehabilitation period' and added that they would be consulting 'top specialists' to deal with the problem.