The good news for West Ham United is that Andy Carroll will be back this year, and did not get hurt after the transfer window had closed.
That’s about it, though, as Hammers manager Slaven Bilic is left to rue another injury to Big Andy, the giant aerial striker. This time it’s his hamstring, an injury that forced him out of Tuesday’s 3-1 win at Bournemouth.
Carroll, 27, hasn’t played a season of more than 15 games since his 2012-13 loan from Liverpool, where he netted seven times for the Irons. He has three goals in 12 Premier League matches.
Carroll is likely to miss four to six weeks – but club medics will take a cautious approach to his recovery meaning he may not be ready to return until the end of March.
The uncertain timetable for Carroll, who has been injured time and again, throws the Hammers’ January into flux. They are without Diafra Sakho due to injury, but had Carroll for cover if they were to sell Nikica Jelavic or Mauro Zarate.
Convince Zarate that staying is the play or look elsewhere?