By Joe Nelson
Slaven Bilic has bemoaned Andy Carroll’s latest injury as a “big frustration” for West Ham.
The Croatian manager admitted Carroll’s absence with a knee problem until at least October is a major blow for the club just days after losing Andre Ayew for four months.
It is the latest in a series of serious injuries for the former Liverpool and Newcastle strikers, who took to Twitter on Sunday to reassure fans that he is still their 15-20 goal-a-season man.
Devastated about my recent injured but I’m still the 15-20 goal man! #COYI
— Andy Carroll (@AndyTCarroll) August 21, 2016
Carroll had featured in the Hammers’ 2-1 loss to Chelsea last week, but missed out on their first win of the season on Sunday afternoon, as they beat Bournemouth 1-0 at their new London Stadium after picking up a knee injury in their Europa League qualifier midweek against Astra Giurgiu.
The injury-plagued striker will be sidelined for up to six weeks and Bilic has admitted that he will willingly accept it if Carroll does not break down again later in the season.
Bilic told Goal.com: “I will sign now the contract if his injury is four weeks or six weeks and, after that, good until the end of the season. I will take it.
“Andy is Andy. He’s dedicated now to training, to everything, it’s a big blow for us, a big question mark also and big frustration with these things that are happening to him.”
Carroll has had a series of setbacks since joining for Liverpool in 2012, initially on loan before the deal was made permanent.
Bilic is now without the likes of Aaron Cresswell, Andre Ayew, Sofiane Feghouli and Manuel Lanzini, while midfielder Dimitri Payet was left out of last night’s squad following his Euro 2016 exertions.
The Hammers boss laments how the plans he made for Carroll can not be put in place following this injury: “The worst situation is when you plan, then you can’t count on him. All the time.”
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