By Joe Nelson
Andy Carroll is set to be sidelined for up to six weeks in another devastating blow for Slaven Bilic, according to a report.
The Mail claim Carroll will be potentially out until October with a knee injury sustained in West Ham’s Europa League play-off against Astra Giurgiu on Thursday night.
The 27-year-old goal-getter is said to have picked up a knock after coming on as a substitute in the clash in Romania.
The injury to Carroll comes just days after £20.5million record signing Andre Ayew was ruled out for four months with a thigh injury.
That leaves Argentinian Jonathan Calleri, on a season-long loan, Enner Valencia and Ashley Fletcher as their three fit frontmen. Diafra Sakho, who Bilic was happy to let leave the club, is still not match fit.
This injury is also a huge blow for Carroll, as he was looking to cement his place in the Hammers’ side and try to force his way into the England national team once again.
Carroll is set to miss Premier League matches against Bournemouth, Manchester City, West Brom, Watford and Southampton as well as the second leg of the Astra tie next Thursday.
The Mail are reporting that in light of the injury misfortunes at the London club, Bilic has enquired over the availability of Manchester City’s Wilfried Bony and Juventus’ Simone Zaza, in an attempt to bring another top striker in on loan for the season.
West Ham face Bournemouth on Sunday afternoon in the Premier League, as they play their first league game in their new home at the Olympic Park.
In other West Ham team news, this West Ham star took to Instagram to express relief that he was not injured in horror tackle.