By Will Butcher
Slaven Bilic has told media that West Ham stars Sam Byram and Andy Carroll will be missing from the squad to face Everton on Saturday.
Former Leeds right-back Byram is set to serve the first game of a two-match ban after receiving his marching orders in the 2-2 draw away at Sunderland on Saturday.
Target man Carroll featured for 90 minutes against the Black Cats but will now miss Saturday’s clash against the Toffees, with the cause of Carroll’s absence yet to be revealed.
Bilic told media that he would be without the duo in a press conference ahead of this weekend’s match against Everton, as the Hammers play host at the London Stadium.
“The rest of the squad is good, too,” Bilic said, as quoted by West Ham’s official Twitter account. “But we are without Sam Byram, who got a red card, and we are without Andy Carroll.”
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England international Carroll has failed to shake off his injury demons this season, making just 22 appearances in all competitions for the east London outfit.
The news will come as a huge blow to under-fire boss Slaven Bilic, as his future remains in doubt after failing to replicate the successes of 2015-16’s seventh-placed finish.
Bilic has seen his side win just once from their last nine outings, with the likes of Simone Inzaghi, Jaap Stam and Roberto Mancini being reportedly lined-up to replace the Croat boss.
West Ham will be hoping to avoid a repeat of their last fixture against the Toffees, which saw Ronald Koeman’s side stroll to a 2-0 win at Goodison Park thanks to goals from Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley.
In other West Ham news, Bilic also provided an update on this 28-year-old defender.