West Ham boss Sam Allardyce says Andy Carroll faces another three weeks on the sidelines after picking up a knock at the end of Wednesday’s goalless draw with Southampton.
Having missed his side’s last few outings, the 26-year-old came off the bench during the clash at St Mary’s, only to receive a kick on the back of his knee towards the end of the game.
It appears to be the same problem the striker has been suffering with in recent weeks and, after being treated by the medical staff, left the ground on crutches.
Carroll is now unlikely to be available for a key run of games for the Hammers, with Tottenham and Crystal Palace next up in the league, although he could be back for the consecutive fixtures against Chelsea and Arsenal.
First up is a tricky trip to West Brom in the FA Cup, a game they’re 3.00 to win, with the draw 3.03 and the Baggies 2.40, as they look to claim the trophy for the first time since 1980.
Allardyce admits that he might have rushed his number nine back a touch prematurely and fears that it could take him longer to recover this time due to it being a recurrence of his previous injury.
“The sad thing for us is the injury to Andy Carroll which we can ill-afford to take with our injury problems,” the boss said. “It’s the same knee. He got kicked on the back of it and felt something was wrong. He stayed up and was a nuisance but I just hope that staying on hasn’t done any damage.
“He got fit in two-and-a-half weeks but clearly it’s going to take longer this time because it’s the same injury.”