Hammers striker still a way off making a return.
West Ham United striker Andy Carroll has been forced to prolong his comeback from a heel problem after being stuck down with a stomach infection, the Daily Mirror reports.
The club’s record signing has yet to make an appearance this season as he persistent heel problems have kept him out of action since May.
The 24-year-old had been targeting the clash with Chelsea in November as a possible date for his return but will have to wait now as his rehabilitation plans were hit by a viral stomach infection last week.
“Andy is very depressed about the whole thing,” a club insider said.
“He is improving but he has had stabbing pains in his abdomen for the past four or five days and an extremely stomach upset.
“It’s a cruel blow as he had been making steady progress.”
The former Liverpool and Newcastle target-man picked up a knock against Reading in the final game of last season, though West Ham decided to turn his loan move permanent anyway.
He has since been to see specialists in Holland and Belgium with the hope of speeding up his recovery and the news will be most unwelcome by manager Sam Allardyce, who’s side have failed to score in six of their opening ten games this term.