By Will Butcher
David Gold has revealed that Andy Carroll is okay despite being substituted in West Ham’s 3-1 win over Southampton.
The 28-year-old striker was taken off in the 56th minute during the win and replaced by Manuel Lanzini after scoring the Hammers’ equaliser against Claude Puel’s side.
Co-owner Gold allayed fans’ worries on his personal Twitter account after the match, stating that Carroll was replaced as a “precaution”.
— Tommy Hardy (@tommyquagmire) February 4, 2017
Andy Carroll is OK he was taken off as a precaution. dg https://t.co/d7sWIglY4T
— David Gold (@davidgold) February 4, 2017
Carroll restored parity in the 14th minute at St. Mary’s with a well-controlled finish with his weaker right foot, after being slid through on goal.
His sixth goal of the season saw Slaven Bilic’s side draw level after £17million signing Manolo Gabbiadini scored on his Saints debut.
Hard-working midfielder Pedro Obiang then gave West Ham the lead in the second half, before captain Mark Noble rounded the performance off with a strike of his own.
Carroll is renowned for his injury problems, but fans will be relieved to know he was removed as a precaution and should be fit for Saturday’s home match against West Brom.
The England international has been in wonderful form recently, scoring four goals in his last four games against the likes of Middlesbrough, Crystal Palace and Southampton.
Including a loan spell during 2012-13 at West Ham, Carroll has managed 29 goals in claret and blue during his 1038 league and cup appearances.
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