By Harry Sykes
Karren Brady has aimed a dig at Andy Carroll by claiming he would be “Superman” if he followed the same rehab regime as West Brom’s Chris Brunt.
The Baggies midfielder has spent a month in total standing on one leg during his recovery from a knee cruciate injury.
By contrast, West Ham manager Slaven Bilic revealed this week that Carroll’s return from a knee injury sustained in mid-August has been delayed following a setback.
Bilic admitted the injury-prone striker “is progressing but it is not the speed we wanted” as he was ruled out of a series of matches starting with Saturday’s league clash against Sunderland, followed by a home EFL Cup clash against Chelsea on Wednesday and then Everton away in a week’s time.
Outspoken West Ham managing director Brady delivered a thinly veiled criticism of Carroll as she compared him to Brunt.
“It makes me tired just seeing a graphic of the West Brom midfielder’s get-fit regime during his eight months with the physios,” wrote Brady in her Sun column on Saturday.
“Brunt, 31, completed the equivalent of ten triathlons, lifted 40 elephants and can now jump seven per cent higher.
“With his record of absences, West Ham striker Andy Carroll must be Superman-plus.”
In a press conference before the match, Bilic was quoted by the club’s official Twitter account as he gave an update on Carroll’s return.
Carroll, 27, has not featured for the Hammers since the Europe League clash in Romania in August.
He was a focal part of the east London club’s attack in the second half of last season but striker Simone Zaza was signed on loan from Juventus during the summer and wide forward Andre Ayew joined from Swansea.
West Ham won their most recent league fixture 1-0 against Crystal Palace following a poor start to the new Premier League campaign.
They currently sit in 15th place in the Premier League table with seven points from eight fixtures and they will see the clash against bottom placed Sunderland as the perfect opportunity to push on further.
In other West Ham team news, Jamie Redknapp has claimed Dimitri Payet will be much more effective for the Hammers following the return of this man.