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Carroll still out injured


West Ham's Andy Carroll

West Ham's Andy Carroll

West Ham's Andy Carroll

It was business as usual at West Ham yesterday morning with no imminent threat of another raid from HM Revenue and Customs - and Andy Carroll still injured.

HMRC officials had swooped on the London Stadium and the club's Rush Green training ground on Wednesday morning as part of an Anglo-French investigation into suspected tax fraud in football.

Manager Slaven Bilic and his players were on a day off so he could therefore not comment on the incident. But he did confirm one familiar story, that of injury-plagued striker Carroll being sidelined again, this time with a groin problem which will keep him out of tomorrow's trip to Stoke.

"Not for this game," he said. "I did expect him to be back for this game, but he should be for the next game against Spurs."

The Hammers are just a point behind Stoke, with both sides looking safe from relegation despite West Ham having won just one of their last 10 matches.