Early team news: Attacker ruled out of West Ham v Tottenham clash - report
By Dominic Toner
West Ham forward Andy Carroll has been ruled out of the Premier League game against Tottenham, according to a report.
The 28-year-old was expected to face a late fitness test ahead of the Friday night game after returning to training on Thursday.
However, Sky Sports have revealed that the injury-prone forward will be unavailable for the game at the London Stadium.
“Andy Carroll to miss West Ham’s match with Tottenham tonight due to injury,” Sky Sports reported on their official Twitter account.
Sky sources: Andy Carroll to miss West Ham's match with Tottenham tonight due to injury. #ssnhq
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) May 5, 2017
Carroll had missed the previous two games with a groin injury and his bad luck with injuries has continued to strike this season.
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The forward has played 22 times for the Hammers this season, scoring seven goals and supplying two assists.
His omission from the Hammers starting line-up will be a big blow and will be a huge delight to the Spurs players.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side will be boosted by the absence of their oppositions major goal threat as they look to win their 10th consecutive games in the Premier League.
The north London club are competing for the title and are just four points adrift of leaders Chelsea.
However, they can move momentarily just a point behind if they win on Friday and crank the pressure up on Chelsea ahead of their Monday night game at home to Middlesbrough.
In other Tottenham news, Stan Collymore has predicted the outcome of the league clash against the Hammers.