Andy Carroll out for three months after surgery on broken foot
Andy Carroll will be out for three months after undergoing surgery on Monday morning to repair a hairline fracture to his foot. The West Ham United striker had been the subject of interest from Chelsea during this transfer window but any hopes he had of securing a move away have ended.
West Ham had hoped that they would be able to avoid surgery, having been warned it was likely last week following a scan, but a decision was taken after consulting with another specialist on Monday. The club had considered using a protective boot to rehabilitate the injury but it has been decided that was too much of a risk and the surgery was opted for.
Carroll is understood to be devastated at the news, which is a severe blow to West Ham, also. They were not prepared to loan the 29-year-old to Chelsea but would have considered a deal for a fee of around £20million and taking Michy Batshuayi on loan.
Chelsea may not have agreed to this and when Telegraph Sport revealed last week that Carroll was injured they turned their attentions to other targets.
Carroll is believed to have suffered the injury during the match against West Bromwich Albion when he scored two goals to gain a vital win. He made a substitute appearance against Tottenham Hotspur but has been ruled out since then.
The lay-off means that West Ham, who have turned down a bid of £14million for Andre Ayew from his former club Swansea City, will only allow one forward to leave during this window as they re-shape their squad. That is expected to be Diafra Sakho.
West Ham are also monitoring the extent of Manuel Lanzini’s hamstring injury amid fears that he may be out for between two to four weeks which would be another set-back for manager David Moyes given how important the Argentinean is to his plans. Moyes is keen to add to his midfield options this month.