Irons use Reid as AC yardstick


AndyCarrollWestHam_2821401West Ham are basing their expected return date on Winston Reid’s recent injury.

Carroll – as reported in the Mirror by Darren Lewis will be back within 4-6 weeks with a source explaining to ClaretandHugh: “It’s a very similar injury to Winston’s so we have a guide.

“We won’t know 10 per cent until tomorrow (Thursday) when he’s been scanned but it looks like a four to six week job based on early examinations.

“It’s a shame for Andy because he was coming back to his best form but with Diafra Sakho nearly fit things could be worse couldn’t they.”

AC has showed himself capable of playing to an alternative system under the manager but his absence would inevitably see Slaven Bilic revert to the formation which proves so successful early in the season.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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