West Ham striker Andy Carroll just can’t seem to get himself fit and keep it that way.
The 26-year-old returned in early November 2014 from a layoff to start last season, but made it just 14 matches before he was hurt again, injuring his knee in a 0-0 draw with Southampton in late January. That same knee injury is threatening to keep Carroll out to begin yet another Premier League campaign.
Carroll tore his MCL in that Southampton match but was forced to stay on with the team down to 10 men and out of substitutes. The team doesn’t want to rush him back, according to a number of reports in England, and they are prepared to hold him out until mid-October to ensure his knee is fully repaired and recovered.
The 26-year-old was West Ham’s record signing in 2013, but has managed just 14 goals in 56 Premier League appearances for the Hammers since his signing. New manager Slaven Bilic will have just Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho at his disposal to start the new year.
The Telegraph reports that Carroll has been training with the first-team squad this summer, but the club wants to make sure he is at full fitness.