West Ham United have been dealt a massive blow with the news that club-record signing Andre Ayew is facing up to four months on the sidelines after suffering a thigh injury.
The Ghana international recently joined the London club in a £20.5 million switch from Premier League rivals Swansea, and went on to make his Premier League debut for the Hammers in Monday night's 2-1 defeat to Chelsea.
However, Ayew picked up an injury during the Stamford Bridge encounter, and subsequent scans have shown the injury to be a serious one.
"Andre Ayew injured his right thigh at Chelsea on Monday and underwent a scan on Wednesday afternoon," West Ham's Head of Medical and Sports Science, Stijn Vandenbroucke, told the club's website.
"The medical team will now assess the results with a leading consultant before drawing any conclusions.
"My first thought and priority is with the player and his physical and mental wellbeing. He has suffered a significant injury and it is imperative that we do not rush to conclusions and we receive the correct diagnosis by consulting top specialists.
"At this time, it is too early to put a timeframe on his potential return date but Andre is facing a significant rehabilitation period.
"The best thing we can do as a Club is to support Andre through this difficult period. We will keep you updated throughout this process and I am sure he will be come back stronger than ever."