West Ham blow! Striker Enner Valencia sidelined with ‘significant’ knee injury

first_img1 West ham striker Enner Valencia is stretchered off in the Europa League West Ham have suffered a blow ahead of the new Premier League season, with news striker Enner Valencia suffered a “significant” injury to his right knee and right ankle in Thursday night’s Europa League clash with Astra Giurgiu.The Ecuador forward started his first game since returning from the Copa America and opened the scoring in a 2-2 with the Romanian minnows, but was stretchered off before half-time.Manager Slaven Bilic said after the game he feared the injury was serious, and an update from the Hammers on Valencia’s health indicated he was right to be worried.The striker could face a a long stint on the sidelines, but West Ham will wait for him to visit a specialist at the start of next week before forecasting how much of the season he stands to miss.A statement on the club’s official website read: “Enner Valencia sustained what initially appears to be a significant injury to his right knee and right ankle during Thursday’s UEFA Europa League third qualifying round first leg tie with Astra Giurgiu.“The Ecuador forward will see a specialist consultant at a clinic in central London on Monday morning and an update will be provided following that meeting.“It is too early to put a timescale on how long Enner’s recovery and rehabilitation period may be.”last_img

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