Head of Medical and Sports Science Stijn Vandenbroucke issues his latest update – in association with Spire Roding Hospital…
I want to start by congratulating the team on achieving a big win at Crystal Palace. The Medical and Sports Science team were particularly pleased for Aaron Cresswell, who has worked hard on his rehab and made a successful return from three months out with a knee injury.
We will continue with positive news, which is that Andre Ayew has returned to full training from the quadriceps injury he suffered at Chelsea in August. Andre has worked hard on his rehabilitation and joined the group on Monday. His fitness levels improve with every day that passes and we are all looking forward to seeing him back in action soon.
Diafra Sakho is another whose fitness levels are improving every day and he will start training in controlled U23 sessions on Monday. He will then join the first-team squad the following week.
Both of these pieces of news are positive, as is the news that Arthur Masuaku is progressing very well following the knee injury he suffered against Accrington Stanley in August. Arthur is continuing his rehab and started running on the pitch with first-team physiotherapist Frazer Young. We hope to see Arthur back in full training in November.
Andy Carroll has been out since suffering a knee injury at Astra Giurgiu in August. The rehabilitation is taking longer than our initial prognosis. However, I would reiterate that he is making steady progress and continues his rehab.
Sam Byram and Gokhan Tore are both continuing their rehab.
Sam is recovering from surgery on his hamstring and is using crutches. On Saturday he will make the next step and walk with one crutch instead of two. The following week, we will progress to a more active stage of rehab, but for now he remains in a period of healing and gym work.
Gokhan is in the gym working hard on his rehab after suffering a quadriceps injury in training during the international break.
Finally, Darren Randolph came back from international duty with Republic of Ireland with a minor knee injury. He is continuing his rehab and will be reintroduced to training by the end of the week.
Head of Medical and Sports Science
West Ham United