The Ecuador international suffered knee ligament damage during the Hammers’ Europa League tie with Astra Giurgiu and was ruled out of action for up to 12 weeks.
It was a cruel start for the campaign for the striker, but he’s far from the sort of character to sit around and mope as Gold has assured supporters that the former Pachuca man is on the road to recovery.
I saw Valencia today working very hard in the Gym. He told me he will be back in October. dg https://t.co/S4l5VUWo5Y— David Gold (@davidgold) septiembre 3, 2015
West Ham have begun their Premier League campaign with two remarkable away wins at Arsenal and Liverpool coupled with two bizarre home defeats to Leicester City and Bournemouth.
It’s difficult to suggest that Valencia has been particularly missed on the road, although his absence couldn’t have been more felt during those opening clashes at the Boleyn Ground.
Aside from being a striker, the 25-year-old is also capable of moving out to the left flank and providing pace, power and skill in wide areas – something the Hammers have missed this season.
It remains to be seen whether he makes he returns to full fitness by October, but the club will be desperate for that to be the case as the games soon come thick and fast ahead of the festive period.
In October, West Ham face Crystal Palace, Chelsea and Watford in succession, three games which have an extra added importance due to geographical locations and supporter bragging rights.