Search

Absence of West Ham strike duo continues to frustrate

PUBLISHED: 11:50 21 October 2016

West Ham United's Andy Carroll.

West Ham United's Andy Carroll.

PA Wire/PA Images

Still no sign of Carroll and Sakho for West Ham

West Ham United's Diafra Sakho scores his side's first goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match at Upton Park, London. West Ham United's Diafra Sakho scores his side's first goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match at Upton Park, London.

The news this week that record signing Andre Ayew has returned to full-time training ahead of schedule merely seems to highlight the frustrations over the continued absence of strikers Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho.

Ayew was not supposed to be back until the end of November, but could even be considered for a run-out against Sunderland tomorrow (Saturday), but for Carroll and Sakho the news is not so good.

“It was a very strange injury that Andy picked up in Romania. He landed on his knee and overstretched it, but he felt ok,” said manager Slaven Bilic.

“He stayed on the whole game and I didn’t even notice that he was injured.

West Ham United's Andy Carroll shows concern for Andre Ayew (floor) West Ham United's Andy Carroll shows concern for Andre Ayew (floor)

“I was thinking ‘one game, oh no!’, but to still be without him now is a massive blow for us, but that is life unfortunately.”

It is ironic as the 27-year-old had come through his first full pre-season in years.

“He looked really good in games,” said Bilic. “He scored two against Juventus and against Chelsea he was our best player on the pitch, so to lose him like that, we are very frustrated.

“We know how good an influence he was last season for us whether starting or coming on as an impact sub. It was every time, every time he made an impact.

Manchester United's Chris Smalling (left) and West Ham United's Diafra Sakho battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match at Upton Park, London. Manchester United's Chris Smalling (left) and West Ham United's Diafra Sakho battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match at Upton Park, London.

“He was injured last season, we knew how much we missed him.

“He is working very hard, he is progressing, but it is slower than we had hoped.”

It seems to be a similar story for Senegal international striker Diafra Sakho.

Still only 26, the front man has not played since the last game of last season and would have joined West Brom in the summer if he had not failed a medical.

Andy Carroll, West Ham United Andy Carroll, West Ham United

That was three months ago and he is still not quite ready to join up with the rest of the first-team squad for full training.

“He is back on the pitch as I said last week, but now he is doing more of it and is looking really good,” explained the boss.

“The plan is to let him train with the under-23s for some full contact stuff and if he gets past that step, and he should, then he will join with the rest of the team the following week.”

It seems like a lengthy process and the question remains whether Sakho is mentally ready to join up with his team-mates on the training ground and play in the Premier League.

West Ham United's Diafra Sakho celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match at Upton Park, London. West Ham United's Diafra Sakho celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match at Upton Park, London.

Bilic thinks he is: “I spoke to him a few times and he is ready to come back,” he insisted.

“He has to play football one way or the other. I have always rated him and he is our player, so I am expecting a lot from him.”

That remains to be seen, but it seems that in the injury stakes it is one step forward for Ayew, one step back for Carroll with Sakho stuck in limbo.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Romford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Romford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Romford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Romford Sports News

10:15

Steve Smith and Mitch Marsh’s triple-century stand piled on the Perth misery to leave England on the brink of losing the Ashes.

08:21

Romford-based Judd Trump believes Stephen Maguire lost his head during their quarter-final match at the Dafabet Scottish Open on Friday night.

03:42

Gunners legend Bob Wilson has hailed the work of The Arsenal Foundation in an interview with the Islington Gazette ahead of the annual tradition where players and staff – including boss Arsene Wenger – contribute a day’s wages to the cause.

Yesterday, 18:30

West Ham have taken the first small step in their battle to drag themselves away from the bottom of the Premier League, according to manager David Moyes.

Yesterday, 17:00

Romford manager Paul Martin is not panicking about his side’s position but will continue to keep building on his squad during the festive period.

Yesterday, 16:00

Daggers suffered shock first-round loss against Worthing last season and will want to avoid a similar result at Bulls

Yesterday, 15:00

Hornchurch will be looking to continue pulling away at the top of the Bostik North table as they face strugglers Cheshunt this weekend.

Yesterday, 14:00

St Mary’s Lane club play final game of calendar year this weekend

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read sport

Show Job Lists

News from your area

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now