Andriy Yarmolenko has had, at the very least, a reasonable start to his Premier League career with West Ham.
After a tough period with Borussia Dortmund, getting back to his best on a consistent basis was always going to be something of a struggle for the Ukraine star.
But the signs were looking good and then fate came and ruined everything. Yarmolenko came off in the first half against Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend, and it was later revealed the attacker had suffered an achilles tear.
This is all very big news in the Ukraine, and there’s further details on the situation.
Zbirna report the West Ham player was operated on in an ‘elite London clinic’ on Monday morning. It’s explained the tear is to the upper part of the achilles, which is presented as not being the worst case scenario.
An interesting Ukrainian slant is that during his last international match, Yarmolenko received a blow to his achilles, the same one which is now the issue, and it was thought West Ham had gone through all the appropriate tests to make sure it was fine to play with.
Zbirna aren’t directly blaming West Ham, just presenting the information.
Former national team doctor Leonid Andreyevich explained to readers that even after the six month minimum lay-off, Yarmolenko will have to put in a lot of work to rebuild the muscle around his achilles so he can fully train and then play.