West Ham: Carroll responds to setback; forward seeks help in France; Chelsea clash creates violence fears
Forward Andy Carroll has denied rumours of an injury setback which suggested that the 27-year-old could be set to miss another four weeks of action, claim the Mirror. Having picked up a knee injury in early August, Carroll is expected to return in the coming fortnight or so, despite claims that he had suffered a setback which would keep him sidelined until the end of October, which would be far from a surprise for the striker who has suffered from knee injuries throughout his career.
The return of the former Newcastle man cannot come soon enough for the Hammers given the poor form of summer signings Simone Zaza and Jonathan Calleri, with Diafra Sakho and Andre Ayew also sidelined through injuries. Carroll is a key part of the Irons style of play and offers a physical threat which no other player can substitute in his absence, so the sooner he returns the better as Slaven Bilic attempts to get his side back on track.
Ghana forward Andre Ayew is also out of action with a thigh injury, having picked up the strain only 35 minutes into his debut at Stamford Bridge after smashing the club’s record transfer fee. Now, Sky Sports report that he has traveled to his former club Marseille in France for specialist treatment as he tries to speed up his recovery time. With no operation required, the club is reluctant to put a time frame on his return but he is expected to return to individual training in the coming weeks.
Ayew could be a real asset for the Hammers when fit given his prolific form for Swansea City last season, and his injury is one of the biggest blows that the club has faced this term. Now in France, where he still has a home since he played there before moving to England last summer, Ayew is hoping to make a quick recovery and be back in action for Slaven Bilic to begin to repay the club for the substantial transfer fee of £20.5 million that they spent to bring him to the club.
The draw of the EFL Cup, pitting the Irons up against Chelsea in the next round at the London Stadium, has further compounded fears over fan violence in the stadium after a number of issues in the opening weeks of the season at the club’s new home. A new police radio system will not be installed in time according to the Telegraph, and club bosses are worried about the potential consequences.
The fixture is likely to be categorised as a higher priority Category B or C game according to the Metropolitan Police, which will only increase pressure on the organisation to offer support within the ground given concerns over the lack of training for the stewards appointed by the ownership of the stadium, who have been criticised by West Ham bosses and fans alike.
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