Latest London news, sport & entertainment

Local Weather



max temp: 19°C

min temp: 11°C

Five-day forecast

West Ham boss plots Andy Carroll return and hails Maiga showing against Fulham

Andy Carroll  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images) Andy Carroll (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
7:16 AM

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce will adopt a hard-line approach to ensuring Andy Carroll returns to action only when he is ready.

To send a link to this page to a friend, you must be logged in.

Carroll has been sidelined by a foot injury since August and while he is expected to join his Hammers team-mates in training this week, he is unlikely to play before January.

The £15million signing from Liverpool is eager to return, but Allardyce insists patience is crucial to his rehabilitation.

“It’s been a long wait to get him to where he is now and I need to be as patient again because he hasn’t done any pre-season and hasn’t kicked a ball since May,” he said.

“It’s my job and responsibility to say ‘you’re not ready, hard luck. We’ll tell you when you’re ready, you won’t tell us, and we’ll do that for your own benefit and protection’.

“We want him back, but we want him playing for longevity and to complete the season without picking up any more injuries.”

West Ham, who face Premier League relegation rivals Crystal Palace tonight, have struggled to score in Carroll’s absence with Modibo Maiga yet to hit the target in 10 appearances.

That form has seen him become a target for Hammers fans and Allardyce insists the best way for the Mali forward to answer his critics is by producing on the pitch.

“Modibo Maiga hasn’t scored a goal and that’s what they see. That’s what they want a centre forward to do,” he said.

“He was very, very good against Fulham on Saturday and I think the fans will be intelligent enough to have seen that.

“Fans pick on people on their own team across the board at every team I’ve played for and managed. They pick someone out they don’t like.

“The only thing we can do is support the player to change opinion and show that’s not the case.

“You have to blank it out, deal with it, just play your best and focus on the team. Play well and score a goal, then everything changes.”

Share this article


   Local advertisers

Related links

More West Ham articles

Click here to read the Digital Edition of the Ilford Recorder on screen
Use our Wedding site to help you plan your big day!
At WeddingSite we know how much you have to organise for your wedding day, that's why we have designed a set of FREE, simple-to-use tools to make the planning process easy & hassle-free. FIND OUT MORE
Find a date using our online dating and friend finder
You can meet new friends, find romance or simply meet up online with people sharing similar interests and hobbies. FIND OUT MORE
Find a local business using our online directory search
Need a plumber? Or a florist? Or anything else? Search our business directory to find Ilford businesses in just a few seconds. FIND OUT MORE
Family notices from the Ilford Recorder, with readers' tributes
In memoriam, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, best wishes & special days. FIND OUT MORE

Celebrity / Showbiz See all

The pop-up will mark Record Store Day, which is on Saturday (Picture: Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

World’s smallest disco to open in Stoke Newington

Two musicians behind the ‘90s hit Brimful of Asha are launching the world’s smallest disco in Stoke Newington this weekend.

Read full story »