By Tony Hughes

Karren Brady has described Andy Carroll as a “big boy” but revealed that the West Ham striker was startled after his gunpoint drama this week.

Carroll was ambushed at a junction on Wednesday by two motorcyclists wielding weapons after leaving the Hammers training ground to return home.

Carroll was then followed by the two alleged gunmen as he returned to the training ground before police were called.

“Andy Carroll’s a big boy and can look after himself,” Brady wrote in her Sun column on Saturday. “Even so, when two motor- cyclists tried to hijack our striker’s car — one, he thinks, armed — he was startled enough to head back to the security of West Ham’s training ground.

“The incident brought back to me my terror when two men jumped my car at traffic lights in Birmingham.

“One of them stood by my door while the other one grabbed my handbag from the nearside. I then drove on, shaking, to an appointment — and guess who with? Neighbourhood Watch.”

West Ham’s number nine returned to training on Thursday despite the incident, with the matter now in the hands of the police who are trying to track down the motorcyclists.

Carroll is currently sidelined with a knee injury after picking up a problem back in August and has failed to make a subsequent first team appearance.

However, manager Slaven Bilic has revealed that Carroll could return in just two weeks to face London rivals Tottenham after the international break.

The Hammers face Stoke on Saturday, as they look to move further away from the Premier League relegation zone with a win.

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