Slaven Bilic delivers injury update, West Ham ace a doubt for Middlesbrough game
By Matt Farr
West Ham goalscorer Andy Carroll is a doubt for Saturday’s Premier League meeting with Middlesbrough.
The Express understand that the England striker is suffering from a whiplash injury, possibly sustained during his acrobatic exploits in the recent win over Crystal Palace.
Carroll scored a stunning scissor kick during the 3-0 victory over Palace on Saturday, which is a certain candidate for goal of the season, but it may have left him a little worse for wear in what would be a bizarre setback for West Ham.
Hammers boss Slaven Bilic revealed that Carroll took part in training on Tuesday, but later reported further pain in his neck that could see him miss out on the starting XI to face Middlesbrough.
However, Bilic remains hopeful that he will be fit for Saturday’s match, telling the Express: “He’s got a whiplash injury, that’s what I was told from the physios.
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“Then I went to the dictionary basically to find out what that is. It was a sore neck, but hopefully he will be okay.
“He trained Tuesday very hard, he was brilliant in training, but then reported some neck pain. But as I say, hopefully he will be okay.”
Bilic also confirmed that Winston Reid, Sam Byram (knee) and Sofiane Feghouli (Achilles) all sat out of training on Wednesday, but he did not rule them out of Saturday’s game.
The Hammers will be fully focused on getting all three points from the game at the Riverside Stadium, which could see them rise to ninth in the Premier League.
With Andre Ayew absent at the Africa Cup of Nations, and no new goalscoring addition yet announced, Bilic has few attacking options to replace Carroll as West Ham’s leading figure.
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