Carroll struggling to be fit for West Ham opener

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has suggested that summer signing Andy Carroll will not be fit for the club’s first Premier League game of the season, ESPN has reported.

Carroll spent last season on loan with the Hammers and completed a permanent move from Liverpool this summer, but a heel injury has as yet prevented him playing a part in the club’s pre-season programme. And Allardyce has played down suggestions Carroll will be ready for August 17, revealing it will be closer to September before Carroll is fully fit.

Andy is still recovering. He has got four weeks or more to go before he starts full training,” Allardyce said, adding: “His rehab is going pretty well at the moment and he will be joining us in Germany, and hopefully he will be available, as will George McCartney, as quickly as possible.

I hope it will be before [September] for both of them, but being fit and being ready to play are two different things – they may be fit from the injury, but they are unlikely to be capable of playing straight away.

If we are going to put our lads through six weeks of preparation and then Andy gets fit with two days to go, you would not expect us to play him, would you?

West Ham start the season against newly-promoted Cardiff City, welcoming the Welsh side to Upton Park. Last season, West Ham’s first back in the top flight, Allardyce guided the London club to 10th, with Carroll scoring seven goals in 23 games.

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