Bad news West Ham as Enner Valencia hints at unscheduled operation on serious ankle injury

Enner Valencia, Andy Carroll, Mark Noble

The striker may have to have an operation on his ankle in the coming days.

West ham United are currently on the hunt for a new striker because of injury problems in the team. Andy Carroll is set to return in the coming weeks, but Ecuador striker Enner Valencia is also out of action.

The striker suffered an ankle problem against Astra Giurgiu and was ruled out until October with the problem.

However, it now seems as though the injury might have been worse than it first seemed. The attacker has been speaking to El Universo in his homeland this week, and stated the injury had not yet begun to heal.

He stated:

"First they said that in three weeks I should be walking, and then another week it was not ruled out (I might play).

"I have not gotten any better. The specialist wanted to operate on me yesterday, but the people of West Ham told me to take my time to talk to someone else and visit other doctors.”

"I talk to people to make the best decision because the more days pass, the more time we will lose.”

That will of course worry some West Ham fans. It appears as though The Hammers are waiting to see how he does over the next fortnight or so before making a decision on a potential operation this summer.

If he were to undergo an operation that recovery period would certainly extend.

It highlights the need for West Ham to get another striker in before the Transfer Window closes, with Diafra Sakho, Mauro Zarate and Modibo Maiga currently all they have in reserve.

West Ham fans will certainly hope that the injury is not as severe as being feared.

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch