By Danny Wright

27th Apr, 2017 | 11:44am

Bilic confirms major West Ham injury blow ahead of clash against Stoke

By Danny Wright

Slaven Bilic has ruled Andy Carroll out of West Ham’s clash with Stoke this weekend.

Hammers owner David Gold revealed on Sunday that the key man would be available for Saturday’s fixture at the Bet365 Stadium.

However Bilic has now said that the game has come too soon for the injury-prone striker, which will come as a major blow for the goal-shy Irons.

Speaking at a press conference covered by West Ham’s official Twitter account on Thursday, the Croat said: “Unfortunately, it doesn’t look as if Andy Carroll is going to quite make the game against Stoke. It’s come too soon.”

The former Liverpool and Newcastle target man has had his season hampered by various injury problems, and his current groin strain has been a recurring issue since February.

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It kept him out of last week’s goalless draw with Everton and will now rule him out for a second game in-a-row.

Carroll has already missed 18 games across all competitions this season with different injuries, but has still managed seven goals in 18 Premier League games.

The nine-times England international has not taken part in a winning West Ham side since the 3-1 victory at Southampton in early February and was an unused substitute in the victory over Swansea earlier this month.

The East London club are just a point behind Stoke going into Saturday’s game at the Bet365 Stadium and currently sit in 13th place.

In other West Ham news, the club are about to enter talks to sign a title-winning attacker with a £10.2million release clause.

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