Carroll update


West Ham’s medics believe Andy Carroll will be back in action before Christmas.

He is expected to become the first of the long term injury victims to return with no date yet having been put on central defender Winston Reid’s comeback.

If the backroom staff have got their Carroll timetable right it will give the club a chance of moving him on in the January transfer window.

Carroll is in the last year of his Hammers contract and if the club can get some appearances into him before January it will give them a chance of  picking up a fee for a player who has spent an enormous amount of his Hammers career in the treatment room.

The alternative would be for him to leave on a free transfer next June when he is out of contract.

The injury ravaged striker is recovering from another setback on his ankle and we were told could be available for squad duty in November.

The 29 year old is still involved in gym work but according to club insiders is set to be ok for action towards the end of the year given no further setbacks.

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  • brixhammer says:

    Sad that Andy has been plagued with such an horrendous injury record. Sad for him, sad for us and England.
    Wouldn’t it be magic if he could stay fit for the rest of the season once he returns and play to the level he’s capable of on the rare occasions he’s fully fit. He’s scored a few, some of which have been truly memorable.

    • Colin63 says:

      It would be fantastic. I like him a lot and couldn’t agree more with your positive perspective.

  • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

    There is an outside chance that we might actually need his goals around Christmas, either way I wouldn’t sell him if he is fit I would make use of him until the end of the season when he is fit he is world class at what he does.

  • Hammerintheblood says:

    Unfortunately for all parties involved he’s just not worth the monies he’s being paid per week……he’s undoubtedly a great player but with all these injuries he’s a broken athlete and i doubt he’s got much left in that body …..we’ve seen it before so many times at West ham ….he still has something to offer some team out there who that team is God only knows……if I were him I’d seriously consider taking his coaching badges asap……no point in us moaning about him anymore…..when he does play he always gives 100% ….Such a shame….

  • ClaretDanBlue says:

    Totally agree with you 32… we should keep him, he is a goal scorer and I’m certain it would come back to haunt us if he went elsewhere

  • razor says:

    That’s a joke a claret Dan blue 😆haunt us 15 mill for a joke from allardyce that’s really good with his head and when fit which is never there are no buyers out there to take him off our hands into the next treatment table and holidays in the sun with plenty of beer on the tab of West ham football so his not bothered about that. Needs to be gone asp and send the bill to that fat allardyce for taking the p–s out of our club .

  • zahama says:

    I agree with No 32 and ClaretDanBlue – we are not sure what our situation will be when Carroll is fit again – so it is best to wait and see and then take a decision – if we are top 6 we can think of selling otherwise he might save us with a few superb performances – I think that without his goals against WBA at Xmas we might actually have been relegated last season

  • Trevor From England says:

    I’d rather keep a match fit Andy Carroll in the squad to the end of his contract than try to sell him in the next window for a transfer fee that would be worth peanuts. Sadly, we’ve never seen a fully and consistently fit AC…….my heart bleeds for the fella.

  • Clive says:

    How many times has Carroll come back from injury to save our season by scoring vital goals. I seriously hope he’s not needed this year.

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