Carroll expected to be sidelined for a month

West Ham striker Andy Carroll is set to be ruled out for a month after he suffered a left hamstring injury earlier this week. 

Carroll injured his hamstring during West Ham’s 3-1 win over AFC Bournemouth on Tuesday and had to be substituted after just 15 minutes.

Carroll had a scan of his injured leg on Thursday, which revealed the extent of the injury, and he is now expected to be out of action until February.

“West Ham United can confirm Andy Carroll underwent a scan on his left leg on Thursday morning,” a statement on the club’s official website said. “The results show an injury to his hamstring, which is expected to keep him out of action for a month.

“Carroll’s absence means Slaven Bilic is likely to use either Enner Valencia or Nikica Jelavic in the Hammers attack for Saturday’s trip to Newcastle United.”

The 27-year-old has endured yet another injury-plagued campaign, with this most recent injury a big blow to Carroll after he had scored three goals in the previous four games after working his way back into the Hammers’ line-up after spending seven months out with a knee injury.