Carroll set for America trip to solve injury problems

West Ham United are to consider sending injured striker Andy Carroll to the United States when they finalise his rehabilitation plan, the Daily Express has reported.

The England international has returned to England after spending a week with specialists in Holland and Belgium. He suffered a foot injury on his return to training during the international break after several months out with a heel problem sustained on the final day of last season.

Carroll has not played for the Hammers since joining the club on a permanent basis during the summer. The club-record £15m signing from Liverpool spent most of last season on loan at Upton Park, and scored seven goals in 24 appearances.

And the 24-year-old, who looks set to be out until the New Year, looks likely to travel to the USA in the coming days after manager Sam Allardyce contacted medical teams who have experience of treating similar injuries in the NBA.

Allardyce said: “There is a risk to every injury that they can recur. On the specialist reports we have had, it’s a small percentage that will happen so Andy has been unfortunate that it has happened to him.”

So far this season, West Ham have struggled for goals without Carroll’s physical presence in attack, with Modibo Maiga without a goal in four Premier League starts as his replacement.

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