Andy Carroll‘s struggle to stay healthy continues as the West Ham striker has suffered another injury setback.
Carroll reaggravated a groin injury warming up for the Hammers’ match against Norwich City last weekend, although he did come on as a second-half substitute.
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However, manager Slaven Bilic said that injury was enough to keep Carroll out of Saturday’s FA Cup match with Blackburn Rovers, and potentially another match or two after that.
It is not a big one, it is just a couple of weeks.
We are gutted and he is gutted. He felt that during the warm-up when he was preparing to come on against Norwich, but he played and made a huge impact. But after it turned out to be a minor, but still an injury.
Carroll has managed just seven Premier League starts for West Ham this season while missing chunks of time with multiple injuries, a problem that has plagued the big striker throughout his career.
With a favorable matchup in the FA Cup fifth round against struggling Championship side Blackburn, the Hammers will travel to Ewood Park shorthanded. The club’s top-three strike options in Carroll, Enner Valencia, and Diafra Sakho are all unavailable, meaning January loan-signing Emmanuel Emenike could be in line for his first start this weekend.