West Ham rule out Reid and Carroll for Burnley clash
PUBLISHED: 11:48 19 May 2017 | UPDATED: 11:52 19 May 2017
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West Ham will travel to Burnley without a handful of key players for their last match of the season on Sunday afternoon.
Defender Winston Reid will miss the trip to Turf moor as the
Hammers look to end the campaign on a positive note as the New Zealand international has undergone an operation and been ruled out for 10 weeks.
But the Club are pleased with the surgery went and manager Slaven Bilic said: “He’s good, he’s going to be out for 10 weeks, but he is going to be ready for the start of the new season.
“He can’t play the last game of the season of course, but he played with the pain the last few games and then we decided to do the operation after the Liverpool game.
“The operation was very successful and as I said he will back in 10 week time.”
Bilic also revealed that Andy Carroll will remain on the sidelines until the new season, after initially hoping he may be back in time for their last fixture.
“Andy has got that hip problem and because of that he didn’t play the last whatever games.
“As I said in the beginning he was 50/50, but he still feels it and it’s not improving.
“He can’t train and hasn’t trained for a long time now and it’s impossible for him to play.”
The injury prone 28-year-old has been a dominant presence in West Ham’s front line when available, but has only managed 22 games in claret and blue this season, as he has spent large periods of the campaign on the sidelines.
“I’ve said it a few times about his situation,” added Bilic.
“He’s so valuable for us and he makes such a big impact on our game that he is very important for us and when he’s not available of course I feel it and the team feels it.
“The worse thing for the team and the manager is this kind of situation, that you are counting on a player and then suddenly he’s not available for a lot of games.
“We can only hope. I will never give up if you are asking about Andy, but that situation has to improve.”
On a positive note, Bilic has revealed he may give Declan Rice the nod for his first-ever Premier League start because of the injuries throughout the squad.
“We’re going to see, we have many injuries,” said the Croatian.
“He is one that may play - he’s in the squad.
“He’s very good for his age, he’s matured and he plays very well for
“He played a couple of games in the pre-season when we went to the
States and we were missing a few players.
“I can see him being a very good player.”