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The West Ham midfielder was diagnosed with the problem when returning back for pre-season training, with the player now set to miss the club's tour of New Zealand

Ravel Morrison's preparations for the new season have been disrupted, with the West Ham midfielder forced to undergo minor groin surgery.

The England Under-21 international, who spent the latter part of last season on loan at QPR, was diagnosed with a problem when West Ham's players reported back for pre-season testing.

A statement on West Ham's website confirmed the player "had a minor procedure at a central London hospital on Tuesday afternoon."

"The operation was completed without complications and, following a period of rehabilitation, it is expected the England U21 midfielder will return to training in a few weeks when the first-team squad return from New Zealand."

Morrison joined West Ham from Manchester United in January 2012 and has made 17 league appearances for the club.

As well as enjoying a spell on loan at QPR, he spent the 2012-13 season with Birmingham City.

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