West Ham co-owner confirms lengthy Ayew absence

West Ham United co-owner David Gold has confirmed that club-record signing Andre Ayew is facing four months on the treatment table after suffering a thigh injury against Chelsea on Monday.

The 26-year-old joined the Hammers in a £20.5 million move from Premier League rivals Swansea on 8 August, and went on to make his league debut for the London club in Monday's 2-1 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

However, it was a night to forget for more than one reason, as Ayew suffered a thigh injury during the encounter. As such, Ayew is set to undergo surgery in the coming days, before starting a lengthy recovery process.

Gold took to Twitter to confirm the news that Ayew is facing a lengthy lay-off.

"Sad news. Ayew has injured his quadriceps and will need surgery. He will be out for 4 months. Good luck Andre. dg," he wrote on the social media platform.

Ayew made 34 appearances for Swansea last season, bagging 12 goals in the process. He was previously on the books of French outfit Marseille, and also spent time on loan at Lorient and Arles-Avignon.