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West Ham summer signing faces lengthy injury lay-off

West Ham have been dealt a blow with the news that summer signing Andriy Yarmolenko could be set to miss six months of the season after sustaining an injury against Tottenham at the weekend.

Yarmolenko, a £22 million capture from Borussia Dortmund fell to the ground in agony mid-way through the first half, with no other players in the vicinity of him. He was carried off on a stretcher, and now comes news that he has suffered a ruptured Achilles and faces an operation this week, with a lengthy recovery period waiting for him after that.

The 28-year old Ukraine international had enjoyed a mixed start to his Hammers career, struggling initially this season along with the rest of the team, but then finding the net twice in a 3 – 1 win at Everton.

West Ham lost Saturday’s match due to a single headed goal from Erik Lamela, although that does not tell the entire story of the match because Spurs owed their victory to their goalkeeper Hugo Lloris who produced a string of world-class saves to keep the Hammers at bay.

Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.