December 7 2013 Latest news:
Friday, September 20, 2013
Andy Carroll will travel across the globe in search of the best treatment for the heel injury which has curtailed the start of his full-time West Ham career.
The 24-year-old has yet to feature this season after joining the Hammers from Liverpool for a club-record fee during the summer.
Carroll scored seven times for West Ham during a season-long loan spell last year and manager Sam Allardyce was determined to make the switch a permanent one ahead of the new campaign.
But a problem with his heel, described by Allardyce last week as an “unusual injury”, has left the Hammers short of attacking options and Carroll is now expected to travel to America after spending time in Holland and Belgium earlier in the week as the club seek to get him back as quickly as possible.
Carroll is due to join up with his team-mates on Friday for the club’s official squad photograph before jetting off in search of the ideal treatment, with a number of basketball injury specialists in America likely to be canvassed for their opinion on the troublesome heel.
Allardyce confirmed the England international has already started to rack up the frequent-flier miles and insists the club will help him ease back in to his natural game once he is back to full fitness.
“He’s been to Holland and Belgium,” he said.
“There is a risk with any injury and always a risk that it will reoccur and on the specialist’s reports we have had since it is a small percentage that it would happen and he has been unfortunate that it has happened to him.
“The only concern you have about the injury now healing and repairing, which it will do quicker than the other one, is there is always that little bit more doubt in your mind then.
“They feel that bit of pain and the player will think it is going to go again and that is what we have got to overcome with Andy and bring his confidence back that he is going to be okay and, if that little bit of pain arises, it is all normal with that sort of injury at this stage and that he just needs to work his way through it.”
Although no one at West Ham is prepared to put a time-frame on Carroll’s recovery, Allardyce suggested on Thursday that he could have his main frontman back before the turn of the year.
When asked if Carroll could be missing for the remainder of 2013, Allardyce replied: “I don’t think we can say that at this moment in time.
“It’s a week by week assessment now guided by the specialists who are in charge of his recovery.”
“Andy’s doing fine. He’s recovering well now and we’ve set out a programme for his recovery which will hopefully not be as long as last time.
“We can’t put a length of time on how long he’ll be out for. We just have to see how he progresses on a week by week basis.
“He’ll go to Europe for some one to one treatment which we’ve identified for him and which will hopefully speed up his recovery.”
The Hammers have struggled for goals in Carroll’s absence and have not scored in the Barclays Premier League since their 2-0 victory at home to Cardiff on the opening day.
Modibo Maiga is once again likely to lead the line for Allardyce’s side when they welcome Everton to Upton Park on Saturday, with Mladen Petric still short of match fitness after signing for the club a fortnight ago.
Arsenal have decisions to make on a host of first team players whose contracts are set to expire at the end of the season.