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Gold delivers injury update on West Ham hotshot, fans will be concerned

By Will Butcher

David Gold has revealed that West Ham will not know if Andy Carroll will be fit to face Watford on Saturday until the morning before the match.

Carroll, who has scored four goals in his last four games, has been sidelined since early February with a groin injury after being substituted during the 3-1 win against Southampton.

Co-owner Gold took to his his personal Twitter account and told fans the 28-year-old’s muscle problem is “difficult to assess”.

Replying to Hammers fans, Gold also reported that Carroll’s availability for Saturday’s tea-time kick-off will be determined in the morning prior to the clash at Vicarage Road.

The former Liverpool and Newcastle striker has been in wonderful form for the Hammers of late, with his return from a knee injury coinciding with his side’s resurgent league form.

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Scoring a brace against Middlesbrough as well as January’s goal of the month against Crystal Palace, Carroll was in line for an England recall, after winning his last cap back in October 2012.

However, the groin injury has halted that progress and it could see the target man miss a second successive game this Saturday.

Manager Slaven Bilic will be hoping to see his side make it four league wins out of their last six games, with the chance to move into ninth place as Stoke City play on Sunday.

But fans will be concerned if their team is going to have to find goals without Carroll as it’s an area they’ve struggled in this season. Michail Antonio is their top scorer with eight goals, closely followed by Carroll.

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