By West Ham correspondent Tony Hughes
Andy Carroll could be sidelined until March with the hamstring injury he suffered while playing for West Ham on Tuesday night.
A West Ham source has told Football Insider that initial scans have showed injury-plagued Carroll has torn the muscle and could be out for six weeks.
It is a major blow for manager Slaven Bilic, who has only just welcomed key attackers Dimitri Payet and Enner Valencia back to the team after lengthy absences, while Manuel Lanzini is also out until next month with a groin injury.
Carroll limped off just 15 minutes into the Hammers’ 3-1 Premier League win at Bournemouth on Tuesday.
Speaking at his media conference afterwards, Slaven Bilic said Carroll was facing a spell on the sidelines but was hopeful he would be back “in a couple of weeks”.
That is now looking an optimistic verdict as West Ham prepare for another lengthy absence for the former Liverpool striker, who has missed an astonishing 74 matches through injury during his three-and-a-half years in east London.
Against Bournemouth, a Payet special and a Valencia double helped West Ham come from a goal down to secure their second consecutive league win and climb to fifth in the table, just one point adrift of London rivals Tottenham.