West Ham United forward Xande Silva’s recovery from a bowel obstruction could keep him out of action until December, according to Claret & Hugh.
There had been hope that the 22-year-old would be able to return this month, though it has been revealed that he will need more time to recover from the operation he underwent during the summer, which means his return will likely be in November or December.
Silva has made two first-team appearances for West Ham last season, which saw him amass 96 minutes, as per Transfermarkt.
His debut came in the Premier League, when he was brought on for the final 17 minutes of a 2-0 loss against Burnley.
That was followed up by 79 minutes in the FA Cup, operating on the left-wing when the Hammers beat Birmingham City 2-0.
When he does come back, Silva will likely be competing with fellow 22-year-old Albian Ajeti to be Sebastien Haller’s main understudy, with the signs being that he has a good chance of coming out on top, having been cited as the long-term successor to Javier Hernandez.
This comes with Ajeti yet to play a single Premier League minute since joining the Hammers during the summer, while he failed to score in the Carabao Cup matches against Newport County and Oxford United.
Having Silva available will be a positive for West Ham, due to the fact that he will be able to give competition to Ajeti, which should push the pair on to perform at their best.
However, it is smart that he is being given as much time as he needs, especially considering the nature of the issue he had.
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