Carroll curse strikes again as knee injury ends season
Andy Carroll's injury curse has struck again after the West Ham forward was ruled out for the rest of the season with medial ligament damage. He will require surgery on his left knee on Tuesday, effectively ensuring he will not play again until the next campaign.
West Ham will now have to rely more heavily on Carlton Cole, who almost joined today's opponents West Brom on transfer deadline day and is still one of the Baggies' targets.
Hammers manager Sam Allardyce had been cautiously optimistic yesterday morning, admitting Carroll was expected to miss six weeks but the club were given the devastating news after talks with a specialist.
The England international missed most of last season with an Achilles problem and then the first three months of this campaign after injuring ankle ligaments on the club's pre-season tour of New Zealand.
This latest injury came after an innocuous collision in the second half of Wednesday's 0-0 draw at Southampton - Carroll had to play on as Allardyce had used his three substitutes.
West Ham goalkeeper Adrian is available today after the Football Association overturned the one-match ban he incurred after he was sent off in Wednesday's 0-0 draw with Southampton for handling the ball outside his area after losing control of a backpass when pressed by Saido Mane.
The dismissal, however, led to a melee between the two teams and West Ham were charged with failing to ensure players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion.
Pulis will name a strong team as he bids to match his achievements at Stoke when he reached the FA Cup final in 2011. (© Daily Telegraph, London)