Andy Carroll is tonight being reported as likely to be out of the Irons frame until the middle of October.
The Telegraph – who have a track record of getting the Hammers news spot on – report that the club want him to undergo his own ‘pre-season’ training schedule to guard against further problems.
Carroll suffered a serious knee medial ligament injury against Southampton, when he was forced to stay on the pitch as the team were down to 10 men and had used all three substitutes.
Carroll has worked with the first-team squad but is unlikely to be selected despite West Ham’s need to improve their striking options under Slaven Bilic.
The new manager has told Carroll assurances he will be an important part of his plans but the Irons will avoid any risk of him breaking down again.
The Telegraph adds that even when Carroll is fit “West Ham remain in the market to bring in another striker to add to the options available.”