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Bilic says West Ham won’t rush Ayew

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic says he’s happy to have Andre Ayew back in training, but added that they won’t rush him back from his injury.

The 26-year-old Ghana international became the club’s most expensive signing when he arrived from Swansea City over the summer for a £20.5 million transfer fee. His debut for the club against Chelsea in the Premier League opener only lasted for 35 minute as a thigh injury forced him to leave the game.

He’s now back in training, but Bilic doesn’t want to rush him back onto the pitch.

“It is a big boost to have Andre Ayew back in training,” Bilic said. “He looks good and the medical team have done a great job. We are all delighted.

“We will try to prepare him for games as quickly as possible. We don’t want to rush things but it is great that he is back.

“He has had three sessions with us and is improving every session. He will train today and tomorrow and we will see. We want him back.

“He probably needs a little more time before he can be ready for games. I know it will not take a long time now.

“He will probably not be in the squad for the game on Saturday.”

Bilic also said that they will still be without Andy Carroll who suffered an injury in the Europa League qualifiers.

“Andy Carroll picked up the injury in Romania and I didn’t notice he got injured. Originally we thought it would be four to six weeks,” Bilic added.

“Now it is longer than that and it is slower than we expected. He is progressing but it is not the speed we wanted. He is working hard.”

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