West Ham boss Sam Allardyce asks Andy Carroll to be mentally tough after foot injury
Sam Allardyce has urged Andy Carroll to stay strong in the wake of the striker’s latest injury setback.
The 24-year-old England international picked up a foot injury in training earlier this week and is set for another lengthy spell on the sidelines.
Carroll has been out of action since the end of last season with a damaged Achilles and the West Ham boss cannot put a timeframe on when his frontman will return to full fitness.
Allardyce said: "It is a big challenge for Andy because he has got to be mentally really tough now.
"He has to be really, really focused and we have got to make sure we keep his spirits up whenever we get the chance because it is a lonely place to be when you are injured, and certainly for the length of time he has been injured.
"This will make him feel pretty low for a while, but he has to battle through that and we will look after the psychological side as well as the physical side. At the end of the day it is just about getting him fit as quick as we possibly can."
Carroll’s form while on loan at the Hammers from Liverpool – before he signed permanently for the London club in June – prompted Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson to include him in the squad to face Republic of Ireland and Brazil.
But the Achilles complaint ruled him out of the double header and with England’s potential involvement in Brazil 2014, Allardyce knows this could be an important campaign for Carroll.
He added: “He had forged his way back into Roy's plans at the end of last season, but then unfortunately had to report that he had picked up the [Achilles] injury, otherwise he would have travelled with England.
"It is a big year for Andy to be at West Ham scoring goals and also trying to get himself into the World Cup squad, if we qualify."