Andy Carroll’s injury woes continue after the West Ham striker injured his right foot in training on Monday.
In a statement on West Ham’s official website the club said: “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 first injured the right foot in the final match of the 2012-13 season after he went down awkwardly. The diagnosis was a heel bone injury that was believed to keep the striker out of play through August. Recovery had taken longer than anticipated, however, and the 24 year old had yet to make an appearance this season.
The injury will serve to frustrate Carroll and West Ham after the player spent last year on loan with the East London club before joining permanently this summer in a deal worth $24 million (£15.5m), plus a further $3 million (£2m) in add-ons.
Given Carroll’s injury history, West Ham’s decision to purchase the striker always came with significant risk. Last year Carroll was only able to start 22 Premier League games after battling a hamstring injury sidelined him last fall and a knee injury shelved him for two months in the winter.
Carroll’s 2010-11 season was also hampered by injuries when a thigh tear kept him out for two months during the winter while a knee problem ruled him out of action in the spring. Two years before then, Carroll spent five months sidelined with an intraarticular ligament crack initiation of the ankle joint.
Carroll’s new setback means that Modibo Maiga will continue to lead the line for the Hammers. Unless Maiga starts scoring – he’s recorded only three shots in three matches – the heat will be on West Ham manager Sam Allardyce, who was unable to land Demba Ba, Nicklas Bendtner and Romelu Lukaku on loan in the summer transfer market.
Making matters worse, the Hammers were primed to re-sign released forward Carlton Cole, but his inability to pass a medical means that Allardyce may have to bring an unregistered player to fill the ranks. Rumors now suggest that Croatian international Mladen Petric could be on his way to Upton Park.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic joined Paris Saint-Germain in 2012, and he is already the club’s all-time leading scorer.
After scoring both of PSG’s goals in a 2-1 win over Marseille today, Zlatan’s tally is up to 110 goals for the club, eclipsing Pauleta’s mark of 109. However, Pauleta needed 79 more matches to reach that number.
Zlatan has scored at a blistering pace since moving to Paris, having seasons of 35, 41, and 30 goals in his first three years at the club. Early into his fourth season with PSG, he has four goals through seven matches.
Not only has Zlatan achieved great success individually during his time at Parc des Princes, the club has dominated French football during his tenure.
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Since Zlatan moved to Paris in 2012, the club has won three consecutive Ligue 1 titles, two League Cups, and one French Cup. During that time, Zlatan was twice named Ligue 1 Player of the Year and won two Golden Boots as the league’s top scorer.
Zlatan’s contract with PSG is up at the end of this season, and it has been long suspected that he will move on and join a new club next summer. Despite turning 34 earlier this month, Zlatan has proven his is still one of the world’s elite goalscorers, and will have his choice of clubs should he leave PSG.
Luciano Vietto scored with less than ten minutes to play to earn a draw for Atletico Madrid against their crosstown rivals Real.
Karim Benzema had given Real Madrid an early lead, heading home a cross from Dani Carvajal in the ninth minute. While Cristiano Ronaldo may get all the headlines, Benzema has been superb for Real, scoring six goals in seven La Liga matches this season.
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Atletico had a golden opportunity to draw level in the 22nd minute when the hosts were awarded a penalty, but Keylor Navas made a brilliant save to deny Antoine Griezmann, keeping Real ahead.
Still trailing 1-0, Diego Simeone made a substitution for Atletico in the 58th minute, bringing in Luciano Vietto for some added strength on the attack. It was the 21-year-old’s first taste of a Madrid derby, and he proved to be ready for the pressure.
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With the clock winding down, Jackson Martinez played a cross in from the left wing, and after a slight scramble in the box, the young Vietto cleaned up the scraps to level the score in the 83rd minute.
The result leaves Real Madrid second in La Liga, one point behind leaders Villarreal, while Atletico sits fifth, three points off the leaders.