West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has confirmed there is no return date for Andy Carroll, Sky
Carroll has not played since the final day of last season, when he was on loan at Upton Park, but still completed a permanent move to West Ham from Liverpool over the summer. A stomach infection delayed Carroll’s rehabilitation and Allardyce admitted he had been frustrated in his attempts to pin down an expected date Carroll could be back.
“We’ve been trying to get a date out of the guys over in Amsterdam,” the former Bolton Wanderers boss said. “But they’re reluctant to give us any clear indication of just how long it’s going to be before he can join us back here and start training with the players, with the squad and then obviously getting into the team to play some games.
“It’s obviously a great worry and concern for us all and one we haven’t expected, but one we have to make sure we deal with,” Allardyce added.
Carroll’s injury has deprived West Ham of their main centre-forward and Allardyce has been so limited in his other options that he has often fielded a starting XI without a recognised, orthodox forward. The manager explained that this was by necessity, rather than design.
“We tried to sign four top strikers before the window shut in August, so we didn’t just sit back and not try to sign the one player we felt would add to the situation,” Allardyce said. “We tried our very, very best… Unfortunately, none of the players that we went for wanted to join West Ham at the time.”
Carroll made 24 appearances for West Ham last season, scoring seven goals. The 24-year-old first played under Allardyce at Newcastle and later moved to Anfield in January 2011, scoring 11 goals in 58 games for the Merseyside club.
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