Andy Carroll’s out a week, or four months (depending on who you trust)


Just when West Ham supporters were beginning to feel their roster had turned the corner, the medical team may have handed them grim news.

Manager Sam Allardyce has brought in a bevy of promising prospects this offseason, from Ecuadorian star attacker Enner Valencia to Argentine striker Mauro Zarate and promising English player Diego Poyet.

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But striker Andy Carroll has already been bitten by the injury bug. It may only cost him a couple preseason friendlies, if you believe the team. If you don’t, though…

He may be out for about four months, according to West Ham owner David Sullivan’s son Twitter account (Yes, we realize how ridiculous this sounds, but no, it’s not the first time the Hammers had news break in this fashion).

Here’s the since-deleted Tweet:



The good news for Hammers is that the Tweet was unofficial and deleted, while here’s what the team said regarding Carroll’s absence from the team’s New Zealand preseason friendlies. From the Guardian:

The England striker was withdrawn from the squad to face Wellington in a friendly on Wednesday “as a precautionary measure” after reporting a sore left ankle during training. He is not expected to miss the start of the new season.

“Andy Carroll will miss both games on the Football United tour of New Zealand as a precautionary measure after developing a sore left ankle during training,” read a statement on West Ham’s website.

“After assessment by the club’s medical experts, it was decided to let the England international rest for both remaining games and receive intensive treatment to ensure he is fit for the start of the season.

It should be clear that the affected area is not in any way associated with the previous injury he successfully overcame towards the end of last season.”

Zarate scored for West Ham yesterday in their surprising preseason loss to New Zealand’s Wellington Phoenix.

Report: David Silva out 2-3 weeks with ligament damage

LOGRONO, SPAIN - OCTOBER 09:  David Silva of Spain is fouled by Lars Gerson of Luxembourg during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier group C match between Spain and Luxembourg at Estadio Municipal Las Gaunas on October 9, 2015 in Logrono, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Despite sitting at the top of the table in the Premier League, things are not going well for Manchester City.

Star striker and leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero suffered a torn hamstring while playing for Argentina, and now he is joined by David Silva on the injured list.

Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.

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Spanish news outlet AS is reporting that Silva has suffered “lateral internal ligament damage in his right ankle,” and could face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines.

With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.

Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.

City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.

Alejandro Bedoya to miss USMNT vs. Mexico

GLASGOW,  SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 15 :  Alejandro Bedoya of USA  in action during the International Friendly match between Scotland and USA at Hampden Park on November 15, 2013.  (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
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Alejandro Bedoya will not feature for the United States in the CONCACAF playoff against Mexico on Saturday, and has been replaced on the roster by Bobby Wood.

Bedoya traveled to Los Angeles from his club team Nantes in France, but Jurgen Klinsmann has announced he will be unable to play after falling ill.

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Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.

Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.