Monday 19 February 2018

Carroll comeback still long way off

WEST HAM 0 ASTON VILLA 0

Frank Malley

Sam Allardyce revealed that striker Andy Carroll would be a month away from returning to action when he resumes training after his side fought out a goalless draw at Upton Park.

The Hammers have scored just eight goals in 10 matches this season and, while they ended a dismal run of three straight defeats at Upton Park, the goal drought is becoming more concerning by the week.

Carroll has a troublesome heel problem and there is no date yet for when he might resume full training.

"When Andy gets back training it's probably the best part of four weeks before he gets back onto the field in the first team," said Allardyce.

The game could have gone Villa's way after a controversial incident in the first half. Andreas Weimann broke clear and appeared to be pulled down just outside the penalty area by West Ham midfielder Ravel Morrison, but instead of giving a foul and a red card, referee Howard Webb waved play on.

"I have spoken to Howard and I respect his decision," said boss Paul Lambert. "I just thought from my angle it might have been (a foul). I have to respect his answer."

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