Foot injury delays striker's return from summer of injury woes
Andy Carroll’s return from injury has been delayed after the striker broke down in training with a foot injury.
The West Ham front man is yet to feature for the Hammers since signing permanently in May 2013 due to a persistent heel problem - and the 24-year-old faces further frustration after the latest setback.
Boss Sam Allardyce has admitted that he does not know how long Carroll will be out for but insisted the club’s record signing will not be rushed back.
"It's the same type of injury but in a different area. It is not an achilles injury, as has been suggested but instead it involves the band of tissue which runs under the foot.
"According to the specialist the chance of a recurrence of that type of injury is about four per cent but unfortunately for Andy he was one of the unlucky ones.
"We had been very cautious, very patient with him along the way and it's sad this has happened for him as well as us.”
Allardyce said the striker will not require an operation, but warned fans the club would refrain from putting an exact date on his expected return.
“We need to give the foot time to re-heal, continue the rehab and get him back in training again,” he added.