West Ham blow: New setback for Andy Carroll as striker ruled out for SIX weeks

first_imgWest Ham striker Andy Carroll is facing up to six weeks on the sidelines, Hammers boss Sam Allardyce has revealed.The 26-year-old suffered a knee injury during the midweek draw with Southampton and scans have since shown he suffered a medial ligament tear.It is the latest setback in the career of the former Newcastle and Liverpool hitman.Carroll has been beset by injury problems since moving to Upton Park for a club record £15million fee in June 2013 after a year-long loan spell. A serious heel injury meant he made just 16 appearances for the Hammers last season, while he missed the first four months of this campaign with ankle trouble.Allarydce is yet to discover the full extent of the latest problem, but expects the giant hitman to be sidelined for at least a month.“I think a full diagnosis is yet to come, it will probably be by the end of the day,” he said.“It is likely to be a few weeks, the medial ligament on the side of his knee has a tear in it from a fairly innocuous collision.“Hopefully (he will only miss) four to six weeks if we are lucky, depending on Andy’s recovery rate. It is a big blow for his and a big blow for us but it is one we have to cope with.“It is traumatic when someone is going through a period when in a short time they overcome one injury and another occurs.”Whilst Carroll will be missing for the FA Cup fifth-round clash at West Brom on Saturday, Allardyce will welcome Mark Noble and captain Kevin Nolan back into his squad for the fixture at the Hawthorns. 1 Andy Carroll last_img read more