Andy Carroll may well have played his last game for West Ham after picking up an ankle injury which looks set to rule him out for the remainder of the season, according to the Times.
They report that the issue is a recurrence of an injury that kept Carroll out for four months from July and if that happens again, the Geordie hitman won’t play again until 2019/20.
That’s not good news for Carroll because his contract at the London Stadium expires at the end of the season, meaning he now has little chance to further impress, with no offer forthcoming.
Carroll always looked at odds with the passing football Manuel Pellegrini was charged with bringing to east London and his injury problems make him so unreliable.
But while previous bosses Sam Allardyce and Slaven Bilic have waited for Carroll; putting faith in him to return back from injury each time, almost convinced that their side would not be complete until he returned, Pellegrini has ostracized him.
Carroll is one of the best in the world at what he does but that is not what Pellegrini wants to do with West Ham and he simply cannot be relied upon to last a season.
That’s why moving the Hammers away from their reliance on Carroll has been one of the biggest achievements of Pellegrini’s West Ham reign so far.