West Ham hit with injury blow

West Ham winger Ricardo Vaz TeWest Ham‘s Ricardo Vaz Te has had surgery on the dislocated shoulder he suffered against Arsenal earlier this month and now faces up to twelves weeks on the sidelines.

The Hammers’ play-off final hero was being closely monitered by the West Ham medical team since the injury earlier this month and it was decided keyhole surgery was the best option to ensure the forward wouldn’t have any problems in the future.

Manager Sam Allardyce told West Ham’s official website: “First and foremost Andy Rolls and his medical team have researched the best possible treatment and the quickest recovery, which was keyhole surgery.

“There would have been a slightly quicker option to get him back but we would have been unsure on the stability of the shoulder and it could have been more susceptible to dislocate again.

“We think we’ve chosen the best option to strengthen the shoulder and get him back as quickly as we can.”

Allardyce now has to work who will be the best person to fill Vaz Te’s boots and he has the likes of Modibo Maiga, Yossi Benayoun, Matty Taylor, Gary O’Neil and youngster Robert Hall eagerly waiting for a chance to prove themselves.

“We’ve got some good players ready to step up in place. Matt Taylor has been there and there are others in the squad that haven’t quite played as much such as Gary O’Neil,” Allardyce added.

“Whichever option we pick it’s up to them to step up to the mark. They need to provide the attacking opportunities that we need.”

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