December 13 2013 Latest news:
Dave Evans, West Ham Correspondent
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Hammers record signing Andy Carroll remains on the sidelines going into the new Premier League season
West Ham striker Andy Carroll has recovered from the heel injury that has ruled him out of the entire pre-season campaign, but there is still no time frame for his return to action.
The 24-year-old striker injured his heel in the final match of last season against Reading and despite suggestions that he may be fit for the start of the season, he will not be appearing against Cardiff City on Saturday.
“We are not putting a specific date on it, but we think it is not too far away now with the injury now repaired,” explained manager Sam Allardyce this week.
“It is about the slow process of rehabbing him and making sure his body is capable of handling the pressure of training in the Premier League on a day-to-day basis.
“There is a slight discomfort still, not caused by still having the injury, but with the scar tissue which he needs to shift, so it is progressing.”
There is better news for left back George McCartney who has been missing with a knee injury since breaking down just after coming on as a substitute against West Brom at the end of March.
“George McCartney is back in full training,” confirmed the boss.
“He has been out for a long time and everyone seems to have forgotten about him, but he is a key member of our squad as well.
“We are hoping to get him back soon.”
It has been a trouble-free pre-season for the Hammers in terms of injuries and Allardyce can’t believe his luck.
“I think in all my 21 years as a manager or coach in the game, it is the first time I have gone through a pre-season where no player has had to miss a game through injury,” he said.
“Let’s hope it continues until May!”