A new injury update from the club’s Head of Medical and Sports Science Stijn Vandenbroucke has revealed ‘ light at the end of the tunnel ‘ over Manu Lanzini and Diego Payet whom he says will be available for selection “very soon.”
Continuing, on the official web sie, he adds: “Andre Ayew suffered a rare but very serious thigh injury at Chelsea, which will take time to recover from. Andre will not have surgery and we have started the rehab straight away, working two times a day.
“Andre is a highly professional athlete with a positive attitude that no doubt will affect the return to play date. It is early to put a time-line on the rehab, but we are positive to reintroduce him in December.
“Unfortunately, Andy Carroll, after his first good pre-season in many years, injured his knee in the game against Astra Giurgiu in Romania last week.
“It was an incident where he passed the ball and then slipped on a difficult playing surface, over-stretching his knee.
“Andy has been an example at the training ground this season, working hard on the pitch and in the gym, but the reality is that he will be out for 4-6 weeks. One should not underestimate the mental challenge that comes with a physical injury. Andy cannot wait to start going again and he will come back strong!
“Sofiane Feghouli injured his thigh against Juventus at the new Stadium. and will be back for our next game in the London Stadium against Watford. He will miss the international duty with Algeria, but train hard with the team.”
Did he mean Payet not Poyet ?
I can see us playing some games without a real CF,
With Antonio,Payet,Lanzini and Tore or Feggolui playing with movement across the top,
This actually could work well as they can all score goal and would be very mobile,
Hippo had success with this tactic for a couple of games and not with players of this standard,