Allardyce reveals devastating blow
West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has admitted striker Andy Carroll’s Achilles injury is a huge blow to both the club and Carroll himself.
The England international forward’s injury isn’t as serious as was first thought but will still rule him out for an unspecified length of time, much to the consternation of Hammers fans.
The 24-year-old target man initially injured his Achilles on the final day of last season, resulting in him spending the entire summer on the physio table.
Carroll suffered this latest setback participating in a training session earlier in the week, initially sparking fears he could miss the whole season.
However, although this is not the case, Allardyce is still extremely disappointed with the former Liverpool striker’s newest complaint.
The West Ham boss said in an interview with Sky Sports: “It’s devastating for Andy and ourselves.
“It’s not frustrating, it is devastating, because we have gone through the process of 16 weeks to go along with specialist reports on how we deal with the rehab when Andy is recovered from this injury.
“Unfortunately for us, the specialist said there was a five per cent chance it may break down again and Andy is one of those five per cent unfortunately.
“What we have to do is make sure we treat him in the right manner as quickly as we possibly can again and get it right as quickly as we can.
“It is certainly not as serious as last time, that is the one encouraging thing but hugely, hugely disappointing for him and for us.”
With the most expensive English player in history ruled out for the Hammers’ coming games, ‘Big Sam’ will have to figure out how to get his team scoring regularly, following their lacklustre performance in the home defeat to Stoke City.
The East London club now have only two out-and-out striking options; Modibo Maiga, who has struggled for goals during his brief spell in the Premier League and new signing Mladen Petric, who showed glimpses of quality in his rare appearances for Fulham last year.
Otherwise, West Ham will be reliant on veteran attacking midfielder Kevin Nolan and the likes of Joe Cole, Stewart Downing and Matt Jarvis to give them a cutting edge over the next few weeks, until Carroll’s fully fit.