Hammers striker set for frustrating spell on the sidelines.
West Ham United have been hit with a huge setback after it emerged on Monday night that club-record signing Andy Carroll had suffered another injury on his comeback following a recent long layoff, according to reports in the Daily Mirror.
The giant England international, who the Hammers bought from Liverpool for £15m earlier this summer, has not featured for Sam Allardyce’s side so far this season after being absent from the club’s entire pre-season programme with a heel problem.
Carroll, 24, picked up that injury towards the back end of the previous campaign, although it had been hoped that the pony-tailed front man would have recovered full fitness in time to feature for the kick-off to the new Premier League season.
That initial prognosis, however, proved too optimistic, although Carroll had nonetheless been penciled in by Allardyce to make his long-awaited comeback in the top flight against Southampton at St Mary’s on Sunday afternoon.
But the forward now looks set for yet another frustrating spell on the sidelines following this latest injury scare, with it understood that Carroll suffered the latest problem on what was his very first training session back with the east London club.
“West Ham United can confirm that Andy Carroll suffered an injury to his right foot during his return to full training today,” said a club statement on Monday night.
“Although it is in the same part of his foot as his previous injury, it is a new injury and therefore there will be no prognosis until he has seen a specialist.”