Englishman could now be out of action for the rest of this year.
West Ham United front man Andy Carroll will fly to the Netherlands on Wednesday to see a specialist about his heel injury, according to reports in the Daily Mirror.
The big England international suffered his latest injury setback on his first day back at training with the Hammers after sustaining a similar problem to his foot towards the back-end of the previous campaign.
That heel injury ultimately kept Carroll on the sidelines for the whole of West Ham’s preseason, although it had been hoped that the 24-year-old would be back in action for this Sunday’s trip to take on Southampton at St Mary’s in the Premier League.
However, there are now serious fears at Upton Park that the club-record £15.5 million signing from Liverpool earlier this summer could be out of action until the new year following the striker’s latest injury setback, although head coach Sam Allardyce and the club’s medical staff want to wait until knowing the results of Carroll’s visit to Holland first before making any comment on the matter.
“West Ham United can confirm Andy Carroll suffered an injury to his right foot during his return to full training,” said the club in a statement on their official website on Monday.
“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.”
Carroll has so far scored just seven goals in total for the east London club in his 24 appearances in all competitions since joining them on loan from the Reds last August.