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The Portuguese forward was forced to undergo surgery after dislocating his shoulder during his side's Premier League defeat to Arsenal earlier this month

West Ham have confirmed that Ricardo Vaz Te has undergone surgery on a dislocated shoulder and will be out for three months.

The 26-year-old, who has scored one goal so far this season, suffered the injury during the Hammers' Premier League defeat to Arsenal at Upton Park.

The Portuguese forward is now expected to begin rehabilitation, though his long-term absence is a blow to manager Sam Allardyce.

A statement from West Ham read: "West Ham United can confirm that Ricardo Vaz Te underwent successful shoulder surgery on Monday evening as he continues his recovery from the dislocation he suffered during the Barclays Premier League fixture against Arsenal on 6 October.

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"Head of Sports Medicine Andy Rolls and his medical team have been working with Vaz Te since the match to determine the right course of treatment and it was decided that keyhole surgery was the best long-term solution to ensure there were no further complications.

"After being kept in hospital overnight for observation, Vaz Te will now start his rehabilitation, which is expected to take up to 12 weeks."