Search

Under-fire West Ham boss gives injury update and hints at Carroll plan for Cardiff

11:14 10 January 2014

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce. Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce. Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

2014 Getty Images

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce knows he will be taking a “calculated risk” if he uses Andy Carroll in Saturday’s crucial clash against fellow strugglers Cardiff City.

Allardyce’s job could come under threat if West Ham fail to get a result at the Cardiff City Stadium after their miserable Premier League form was compounded by cup thrashings against Nottingham Forest and Manchester City.

The Hammers have been without record signing Carroll all season due to a heel problem but the former Liverpool man is back in full training and is set to be named on the bench against Cardiff.

Allardyce says he will make a decision on whether to use Carroll after Friday’s training session - but he knows he would be gambling on a player who hasn’t featured since May.

“Andy’s training okay,” Allardyce said. “We have to talk to the lads who are looking after him about whether he’s ready or not. It’ll be a calculated risk.

“We’ll see how training goes today and take it from there.

“If everything goes okay and according to plan, I’ll make a final decision from the information I get.

“He’s feeling fine and training well, but he’s not played since last May.

“He’ll not have his match fitness. Ideally, we’d like to progress it a little slower but, based on the circumstances and where we are, it’ll be a calculated risk.

“He’ll be in the squad, not the team.”

In defence, Allarydce refealed that James Tomkins will be back in the squad but Joey O’Brien has been ruled out after suffering an injury against Manchester City.

“We’ll have James Tomkins back in the squad,” Allardyce said. “James Collins is close but not quite there.

“But we lost Joey O’Brien on Wednesday night as well, so it doesn’t clear our problems: they continue due to the amount of games and fatigue.

“We get one back and lose another. Central defensive problems have been the biggest issue in terms of results.”

Provisional squad: Jaaskelainen, Adrian, Demel, Johnson, Tomkins, Rat, McCartney, Diarra, Noble, Collison, Jarvis, Taylor, J Cole, Diame, Morrison, Maiga, C Cole, Carroll.

Related articles

0 comments

Latest Sport Stories

55 minutes ago
Paul Clayton in action for Romford against Bury Town in the FA Cup earlier this season. Clayton has re-joined former club Ilford on loan. (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Foxes boss pleased to be re-united with Paul Clayton, after he re-joined on loan from Ryman North side Romford.

Dagenham & Redbridge's managing director Steve Thompson (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

Daggers manager thanked Steve Thompson MBE for his support

13:51
West Ham's Diafra Sakho (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

Hammers hopeful on Downing and Kouyate but others remain injured

Brentwood's Connor Jupp had mixed fortunes at Brands Hatch (pic: amsoul-images.com)

Brentwood teen battles at soaking Brands Hatch

Most read sport

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

News from your area

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Romford Recorder e-edition today E-edition

A man and woman in their 50s died in Fetcham, Surray.

1,000 people were asked to finish the sentence: “Jeremy Clarkson is…” and the results were somewhat hilarious.

Winds of 88mph (141kph) and mutant hailstones meant it certainly wasn’t barbecue weather.

EastEnders actress Linda Henry will go on trial accused of racially aggravated harassment.