The West Ham star has opened up on what has been the worst injury in his football career so far.
The 27-year-old had a debut to forget after sustaining a thigh injury when his West Ham side faced Chelsea on the opening day of the 2016/17 season.
The former Olympique Marseille attacker was subsequently sidelined for close to three months, before recovering in time to partake in Ghana’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations campaign.
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And Ayew has now disclosed that the injury against the Blues is actually the worst of his career.
“After I joined West Ham, I was injured for a long time and then I went to the African Nations Cup. So, my season only started properly there,” the 27-year-old is quoted as saying by The Sun.
“A lot of people underestimated the injury, which was a very difficult one. I had to take a decision whether to have an operation or not.
“There was a lot of hard work and when I came back I still had pain. But I played through it and I never complained.
“When the criticism came I stayed calm because I knew I was not 100 per cent. But I had to go through that to get back.
“It is the worst I’ve had in my career but it made me stronger, tougher.”
Andre Ayew joined West Ham from Swansea for a fee reportedly worth £20 million, but initially struggled to make an impact at the London Stadium.
However, the Ghanaian international is starting to rediscover his form of old, having scored three goals since returning to the first team.