West Ham fear Carroll absence until New Year after injury in training

Andy Carroll is to have a scan on a foot injury, the Daily Mail has reported, amid fears the West Ham striker could be missing from action until the New Year.

Carroll has yet to play for the Hammers this season after completing a permanent move to Upton Park from Liverpool, having taken time to recover from a foot complaint. The striker was back in training but suffered a heel injury, with the newspaper claiming Carroll heard his heel ‘pop’. West Ham confirmed the injury in a statement, insisting that while the new injury was in the same area as the original, it was a new injury and not a recurrence of the previous problem.

The England international spent last season on loan with West Ham from the Reds, making a £15m move to London in the summer, but was beset with injuries during the last campaign too. He played 24 times for Sam Allardyce’s side, out of a possible 42, and scored seven goals.

With the prospect of losing Carroll until after Christmas, Allardyce is lining up a free transfer signing to ease the strain on his remaining forwards. Former Fulham striker Mladen Petric could be drafted in as a free agent, while Carlton Cole, who left the club in the summer when his contract expired but was linked with a return, could be re-signed despite failing to prove his fitness during a trial last week.

As it stands, Allardyce is left with Modibo Maiga, who has started the season leading the West Ham attack, winger Ricardo Vaz Te, who confirmed he wanted to leave the club during the transfer window, and youngster Elliott Lee as his attacking options.

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