Former Hammer Gokhan Tore will miss the start of the Turkish season due to a worsening injury situation which will keep him out of action with Besiktas for at least another four months.
New cartilage damage has been detected in his right knee and he will now undergo a new operation in Germany with a lengthy recovery period to follow.
He suffered a similar problem with his left knee while on loan at West Ham last season which led to him missing most of the season and having an operation in Germany.
Tore signed on a season-long loan Besiktas for a £2.5 million loan fee with a £10 million buyout clause option.
He previously said an Irons team-mate was responsible for the first injury which ruled him out of action for the season. He claimed the unnamed teammate went in hard on him ahead of the Crystal Palace game causing an injury which required surgery and facilitated his early return to Turkey.
The 25-year-old continued to be paid up to £60,000 per week by West Ham until two weeks ago when his loan finally ended at the end of June.
Good job we only signed him on loan for one season, weren’t much good when he was fit to play.
Are clubs able to insure players in the event of injuries or is it a case of tough sh1t get on with it?
I remember seeing a tweet from Mr Gold last season in reply to a similar question over the China doll, he said it was impossible for to insure players no one will take the risk.
Looks like we have been extremely lucky in this case if we had signed him it would have been China doll mark 2. I am now very wary whenever Bilic mentions looking at anyone from the Turkish league, I think we need players who have proved they can cut it in the premier league but that does not mean players approaching retirement.