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.
Play until you hear the referee’s whistle. In theory, so simple. In practice, it only takes a single second of concentration lapse to become an internet sensation for all the wrong reasons.
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Such is life for Karyn Forbes, member of the Trinidad and Tobago women’s national soccer team. In the above video, you’ll observe Forbes, a 24-year-old midfielder, giving away perhaps the most bizarre penalty kick you’ll ever see. You’ll have to watch for yourself to believe it.
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Unfortunately for Forbes, though the whole of the ball might have crossed the whole of the end line, the referee did not blow her whistle… not until Forbes picked the ball up with her hands and carried it to her goalkeeper.
BERLIN (AP) The German Football League (DFL) has given the go-ahead for the possible testing of video replays in the Bundesliga over a two-year pilot phase.
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The DFL says it will be lodging an application with FIFA to take part if the pilot phase is approved by the International Football Association Board at its next annual general meeting on March 5.
The DFL says video replays could be used by a “team of impartial match officials for the purpose of avoiding any evidently incorrect decisions” and that the pilot phase would be preceded by “intensive preparations.”
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These would include the settlement of costs among FIFA, the IFAB, the DFL and German football federation, as well as training for the candidates.
West Ham United hope Dimitri Payet is going absolutely nowhere after the club announced on Thursday the 28-year-old Frenchman has signed a contract extension through the summer of 2021.
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Payet’s current contract was scheduled to keep him at the Premier League club through the summer of 2020, but a series of standout performances (6 goals, 4 assists so far this season, mostly during the season’s opening three months) and rumors of interest from “bigger” clubs meant tacking on another year — and plenty more cash — was the best way to keep Payet in east London for the foreseeable future. The club confirmed earlier this week that negotiations over an extension were underway.
“He’s the best player I’ve signed in 25 years,” said West Ham co-owner David Sullivan. “He’s a [$43 million] player. He’s a supreme footballer. He makes every player in our side play better. On his day, he’s world class, he’s unstoppable.”
Payet, who’s been at West Ham just eight months after signing last summer, could still depart in the summer should he finish the current season strong and/or show up and show out at the European Championship, which kicks off in June. In that event, West Ham would now bag a much heftier transfer fee than they would have done prior to the extension.
Remember that Dele Alli goal? No, not that one… that one. Of course you remember it. How could you not?
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How often does a player receive the ball out of the air, flick it over his head, spin 180 degrees and hit an inch-perfect volley from 20 yards out to secure all three points for his team? The answer is, of course, not very often.
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Thus, a goal such as Alli’s stunning winner against Crystal Palace last month has been, and will continue to be, immortalized through numerous recreations in this Digital Age. Above is Alli’s goal recreated in hand-drawn crayon.