Bilic: Carroll will be out for three and a half weeks
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic faced the press this morning ahead the Hammers game against Newcastle and was asked about Andy Carroll and other injuries
Bilic told the media that Andy should be out for three and a half weeks and not four to six weeks.
“ He’s got a scan today at 10.30am so we are going to wait for that but it’s a hamstring injury, it’s one of them. We are going to wait for a scan, it wasn’t like boom, the big one, it was a little one, it’s in-between. It’s a couple of hours we have to wait and see but hopefully it’s going to be three and a half weeks.”
When asked if there is a danger of bringing Andy back too early Slav answered:”If it was a knee but it is a hamstring and he had it once before in his first game for West Ham three years ago or whatever. Of course we are going to be cautious but it’s a big blow, of course, he was looking good, he was sharp and fit. He’ll be back soon and he won’t lose too much fitness. On those three and a half or four weeks or whatever it’s not like he’s doing nothing, they only rest him for one week basically or 10 days so he will be back soon and he will not lose that much (match fitness). He’s been training good and he’s coming be back. He is a positive lad. He was gutted for several reasons, he felt he was back and he was enjoying football and everything. We don’t have to make a big story in a negative way about it. If everything goes well he will be back very soon, there is no reason to be negative, if it is three weeks then it’s not the end of the world. Then he’ll be back for a very significant part of the season He’s going to be back for the last 10-15 games which is a lot of games. He has enough time to make a huge impact on our season”
On other injuries Slav added:
“Victor Moses is back with us, he is available. Cheikhou Kouyate missed the Bournemouth game, he probably could have played, he was about 85% then, but we had the option of resting him. He is a very physical player, one of the best in the Premier League at what he does, so we didn’t risk him.”