Ricardo Vaz Te, the West Ham United striker has been ruled out of the game for at least six weeks after dislocating his shoulder during his side’s goalless draw against Swansea City in the Premier League this Sunday.
Although the club has refused to put any sort of timeline on his return from injury, it can be safely assumed that it will at least take a month for him to return to training and al lot longer before he can play competitively. The Portuguese forward suffered a similar injury last season and was on the treatment table for almost three months and it seems that he has aggravated that same injury.
West Ham United are already short on quality strikers with fellow striker and England international out with a long term injury, leaving the Hammers with only Carlton Cole and Ravel Morrison with the only options up front.
Moreover, Morrison is still only 20 years old and a midfield playmaker that can play as a makeshift forward whereas the former Chelsea man Cole is not someone who can set the scoring charts racing. And this leaves manager Sam Allardyce with a selection headache adding further misery to a side that has had a very poor start to the season and are languishing in the bottom half of the table.
Cole did come on for Vaz Te against Swansea City and in his absence; he will have to lead the line for the Hammers. Cole signed for the club just last month after being released earlier in the summer and speaking to the media, stated that he is chuffed to be back playing with West Ham United and being involved with the club once again.
He also added that he hopes to push on and contribute to the club’s cause this season.