West Ham United have confirmed that Xande Silva is beginning his road to recovery following an emergency stomach operation this summer.
The 22-year-old had fallen ill while on holiday in Portugal, but has now flown back to London to continue his rehabilitation having had surgery in his homeland.
There has been no timeframe put on when the forward will return to action, but he hopes to be back out on the training pitch in the next two months.
Silva has not been included in Manuel Pellegrini’s 25-man squad for the opening round of Premier League fixtures, to allow the player the time to completely focus on getting back to full fitness.
Silva has made a total of two appearances for West Ham’s first-team so far, as per Transfermarkt.
His first came in December 2018, when he came on for the final 17 minutes of a 2-0 loss against Burnley.
The following month he then got his first start in claret and blue, as he played 79 minutes in a 2-0 win against Birmingham City in the FA Cup.
Even if he was fit, though, Silva would likely be behind record signing Sebastien Haller, Javier Hernandez who scored eight in all competitions last season and Albian Ajeti who scored 21 goals for FC Basel in 2018/19. Considering that, there is no need to risk him.
It is good to know that Silva is beginning his recovery and will be able to work towards regaining full health and fitness.
The club seem to have dealt with the situation well and have done the right thing in not including him in the 25-man squad, as this way there is no temptation at all to rush him back into things.
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