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Andy must be handled with care -- Allardyce

WEST Ham manager Sam Allardyce will stress England manager Roy Hodgson must be careful with Andy Carroll ahead of this month's World Cup qualifiers.

The striker, on loan at Upton Park from Liverpool, has just returned to action after a month out with a hamstring problem, but was called up to his national squad for the ties against San Marino at Wembley on Friday night and then away to Poland tomorrow week.

Carroll played the full 90 minutes of Saturday's 3-1 home Premier League defeat by Arsenal, and Allardyce has understandable concerns over potential for burnout.

"Andy is really lacking in match practice," Allardyce said.

"I will speak to Roy about his fatigue level.

"Andy will be stiffer than everybody else because he hasn't played a full 90 minutes in recent weeks, so he will take a bit more time to recover.

"But he should be fine for Friday and hopefully he will get a game at some stage to improve his match fitness."

Carroll was West Ham's main outlet against Arsenal and Allardyce believes his side must continue to play to the former Newcastle man's strengths.

"Andy can only get better as time goes on," Allardyce said.

"As long as we can keep giving him the service, I think he is going to be a tremendous asset."