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West Ham’s record signing out “weeks, not days” after injury on debut

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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 15: Andre Ayew of West Ham United is treated by the physio following an injury during the Premier League match between Chelsea and West Ham United at Stamford Bridge on August 15, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

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Andre Ayew, West Ham United’s club-record signing ($23 million), lasted just 33 minutes of his Hammers debut on Monday, a 2-1 loss away to Chelsea, and is now set to be out of actions a few weeks with a thigh strain.

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West Ham manager Slaven Bilic confirmed the extent of the Ghanaian international’s injury during a press conference on Wednesday. The initial hope was that Ayew would be out for just a few days, thus missing the Hammers’ Europa League qualifier against Astra Giurgiu (Thursday) and perhaps one league game, but it’ll be a matter of weeks, not days — quotes from Essex Live:

“We will wait to get the results on Andre Ayew and hopefully it is not that bad. It will be weeks and not days unfortunately.

“Hopefully only a few weeks.”

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Ayew scored 12 goals in 34 league appearances for Swansea City last season, his first in the Premier League after coming over from Marseille on a free transfer last summer.

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