Thursday, August 18


There goes our £20.5 million signing. David Gold estimates Andre Ayew will be out for four months having injured his quadriceps and the club describe it as a "significant injury". It all seemed a fairly innocuous thigh strain back on Monday night. Presumably Andre had a normal pre-season at Swansea, so it just seems a case of very bad luck. I'm reminded of the time Kieron Dyer joined us for £6 million in 2007 and immediately got crocked at Bristol Rovers — though hopefully Andre will make a much better long-term recovery than Kieron. West Ham have also now lost Feghouli and Nordtveit to injury, with Lanzini out until September and Cresswell out for several months. Even want away Diafra Sakho is injured. Still, this is where the squad has to kick in and Calleri, Valencia and Fletcher all have points to prove to Bilic up front. While we're more reliant than ever on Andy Carroll having a season where he stays fit. Just hope he escapes a Romanian clogging at FC Astra tonight…

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