Andy Carroll is set to miss the rest of the Premier League season.
On Friday West Ham United confirmed that Carroll, 26, tore a ligament in his left knee during their 0-0 draw with Southampton on Wednesday and will not play again in the 2014-15 campaign.
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Carroll has been plagued by injuries throughout his career and missed the start of this season and most of 2013-14 with various ailments.
Below is the statement in from the Hammers as Carroll will undergo surgery:
“Andy Carroll will have surgery on his injured knee on Tuesday following assessment by a specialist on Friday afternoon. The England international injured his left knee during the second half of Wednesday night’s 0-0 Barclays Premier League draw at Southampton. The recovery phase is expected to keep Carroll out for the remainder of the 2014/15 season.”
Carroll has scored six times in 15 games this season, but has played just 54 times for the Hammers since initially arriving on loan from Liverpool in 2012-13 and then signing permanently for $25 million in 2013.
Carroll shone for England at the 2012 European Championships but missed last summer’s World Cup through injury and has fallen way down the pecking order as other strikers such as Rickie Lambert, Daniel Sturridge, Danny Welbeck, Saido Berahino and potentially Harry Kane have jumped ahead of him during his many months out with injury.
A key player for West Ham, Carroll’s absence will hurt their chances of pushing into the top six between now and the end of the season. That said, Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia formed a formidable partnership at the beginning of the season when Carroll was missing, so Sam Allardyce will be hoping those two can score the goals the Hammers need in the final 13 games.
Neither possess Carroll’s supreme aerial ability, as the loss of the towering striker is a big blow to the West Ham’s attacking options with the England international seeing another frustrating season coming to a premature end.
There was a slither of good news on Friday for the Hammers as goalkeeper Adrian had his red card against Southampton rescinded after West Ham launched an appeal. He is now available for the FA Cup clash against West Brom on Saturday. But with that successful appeal also came a charge against the West Ham for “failing to ensure that their players conducted themselves in the game.”