West Ham United youngster Xande Silva has endured a horrific summer, per Football.London.
The forward has undergone surgery in Portugal after suffering from a blockage in his bowel.
The report claims that Silva has spent three weeks recovering in his native country prior to his return to England.
Silva has reportedly lost a great deal of weight – three kilos, or nearly half a stone – and will be carefully managed upon his return.
Silva has been a shining light in West Ham’s youth teams.
The 22-year-old has scored seven goals in nine games for the Under-23 side and has also played twice for the senior side.
Capped at every Portugal youth level up to the Under-20s, Silva made his Premier League debut against Burnley in December of last year.
But it now seems that he will need to be eased back into things after enduring such a horrendous break away from the club. He will be put on a private training schedule for the next six weeks.
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It is not good news for the attacker, particularly with Manuel Pellegrini’s squad currently lacking bodies going forward.
Silva could have taken advantage of that, but it now appears that he will have to wait – opportunity missed.