Andy Carroll to undergo ankle surgery that rules him out of the start of the season
Published 24/07/2014 | 19:45
The club-record signing missed most of last season due to a troublesome foot problem and was ruled out of two friendlies on the current tour of New Zealand as a precaution.
Reports are suggesting Carroll could now be out for up to another four months after confirming he requires surgery to fix the issue.
"Going under the knife tomorrow morning and absolutely devastated to be missing the start of the season!," he tweeted.
Going under the knife tomorrow morning and absolutely devastated to be missing the start of the season!! pic.twitter.com/kTAYuF0YGB— Andy Carroll (@AndyTCarroll) July 24, 2014
England international Carroll enjoyed a good loan spell at Upton Park during the 2012-13 campaign and agreed to a permanent move ahead of the following season.
The 25-year-old did not return to action until January, by which time Allardyce's position was under threat with the Hammers in the bottom three and struggling for goals in Carroll's absence.
Carroll featured in just three league games before being sent off in the fourth, a 2-0 victory over Swansea, meaning he sat out another three fixtures.
He scored twice after returning for a second time as West Ham eventually dragged themselves well clear of the relegation battle.
Allardyce had already identified the need to add extra fire power to his squad ahead of the new season before Carroll's latest injury nightmare.
The 59-year-old may now go back into the transfer market for another forward, while questions will be asked as to whether Carroll can ever maintain a level of fitness for a prolonged period of time.