West Ham have been given a massive boost this week as their record signing, Andre Ayew, returned to training this week, and may even have an outside chance of making the squad for the Sunderland visit at the weekend.
However, under pressure Hammers boss, Slaven Bilic, has claimed that a November return is more likely.
West Ham have made a poor start to the season, winning only two out of their eight matches so far in the Premier League, and conceding 17 goals, the highest of any team in the Premier League.
With injuries to key players such as Aaron Cresswell, Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho, the return of Ayew is welcome news for the struggling London outfit.
The Ghana international joined from Swansea in the summer for £20.5 million, however, he suffered a thigh injury on his Premier League debut for West Ham against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, and has been recovering ever since.
West Hams head of medical and sports science, Stijn Vandenbroucke broke the good news to the clubs website stating:
"Andre Ayew has returned to full training from the quadriceps injury he suffered at Chelsea in August."
Ayew scored 12 goals and racked up five assists in the Premier League for Swansea last season, before making the big money move to London in August.
Bilic, whose West Ham side have been booed off the pitch by fans several times already this season, spoke about Ayews return:
"We were expecting him back later, in December or late November, so we are delighted that he's back and now we're going to see…He looks good in training and we're going to try to prepare him for games as soon as possible.
"We have a couple of sessions before the game against Sunderland and then we'll see…If we talk about Saturday I'm not going to rule it out, but it's unlikely.”