Thursday 14 December 2017

Luckless Andy Carroll out of West Ham's clash with Everton

Andy Carroll, right, has suffered another injury
Andy Carroll, right, has suffered another injury

Andy Carroll's latest injury was caused by miskicking the ball as he went to shoot.

The luckless West Ham striker suffered a recurrence of a groin problem during the opening five minutes of last weekend's 2-2 draw at Sunderland.

Fortunately for the Hammers, Carroll's wayward effort fell at the feet of Andre Ayew, who tapped in the opening goal at the Stadium of LIght.

However, even though Carroll played the full 90 minutes, the injury has now ruled him out of Saturday's visit of Everton.

"It's his adductor muscle again," said manager Slaven Bilic. "He felt it in the beginning of the game.

"We can talk about a miskick or an assist for Andre's goal, but he said at that moment he felt it.

"He had a scan after the game, it showed nothing major but it's serious enough to rule him out of Saturday's game."

The groin issue is the latest in a catalogue of injury problems for Carroll, who missed the first part of the season with a knee injury and even suffered whiplash soon after scoring an overhead kick against Crystal Palace in January.

With top scorer Michail Antonio out for the rest of the season, Bilic will be hoping Diafra Sakho will be available to face Everton.

There was speculation that Sakho did not travel to Sunderland after refusing to be a substitute, but Bilic has denied reports of a bust-up.

"He was injured," said the Croatian.

"There was no row, I should know about that because it was me who spoke with him. He was injured."

Meanwhile, Bilic has refused to rule out a summer move for John Terry, who announced last week that he is leaving Chelsea at the end of the season.

Despite the centre-back being 36, there is likely to be a scramble for his signature and Bilic admitted he is one of many admirers.

"We are going to see," he said.

"I'm a big admirer of John, he is one of the best that ever played, not only in that position but in general.

"He won everything, he did everything and we are talking about an England captain, a true leader.

"We are pretty well covered in that position, we have quality and we have experience, but we will see. You never say never."

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