West Ham blow as Carroll out until February with hamstring injury

By West Ham correspondent Tony Hughes

Andy Carroll has been ruled out for “weeks” after pulling his hamstring for West Ham on Tuesday night.

The England striker limped off just 15 minutes into the Hammers’ 3-1 Premier League win at Bournemouth.

A Dimitri Payet special and an Enner 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.

Speaking at his media conference afterwards, Slaven Bilic said Carroll will undergo scans on his hamstring on Wednesday but admitted the player is facing a spell on the sidelines.

The West Ham manager is hopeful the striker will be back “in a couple of weeks”.

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Carroll is almost certainly out of the club’s next two Premier League matches against Newcastle and Manchester City, and is a doubt for their FA Cup fourth-round clash against Liverpool or Exeter on 30 January.