Hammers missing Carroll at Swansea

Andy Carroll will not have the chance to end his goal drought on Sunday after West Ham boss Slaven Bilic revealed the striker is sidelined for the trip to Swansea.

The 26-year-old's career at Upton Park has been hampered by a series of injuries and he only returned to action in September following eight months out wth torn medial ligaments.

Carroll got off the mark for the Hammers in the new campaign when he scored in the 2-1 win over Chelsea in October, but he has gone six games without a goal in the Premier League.

The England international had started the last two matches against Manchester United and Stoke – both goalless draws – but he will not feature this weekend after picking a up minor groin injury.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of the Liberty Stadium clash, Bilic said: "We have the Andy Carroll situation where he is feeling his groin and he could miss the Swansea game which is a big blow. It's one game.

"It's nothing major. The scan showed a little bit of a problem. Not long term but it's very unlikely he's going to play."