West Ham have been dealt a bitter blow with news that striker Andy Carroll will miss the rest of the season due to a knee injury.
Carroll suffered the injury during Wednesday’s draw at Southampton, and is set to have surgery on it next week.
The 26-year-old was forced to stay on the pitch with the injury because West Ham were down to 10 men and had made all three of their substitutions.
A club statement read: ‘Andy Carroll will have surgery on his injured knee on Tuesday following assessment by a specialist on Friday afternoon.
‘The England international injured his left knee during the second half of Wednesday night’s 0-0 Barclays Premier League draw at Southampton.
‘The recovery phase is expected to keep Carroll out for the remainder of the 2014/15 season.'”