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Andy Carroll Injury: Updates on West Ham Striker's Status and Return

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James DudkoFeatured ColumnistJanuary 12, 2016

Andy Carroll suffered yet another injury and was withdrawn from West Ham United's Jan. 12 match against Bournemouth with a hamstring problem. He is now ready for competitive action. 

Continue for updates.


Carroll Returns vs. Southampton

Saturday, Feb. 6

The English striker made a substitute's return during the 1-0 loss to Ronald Koeman's Saints.


Carroll Timeline Emerges

Wednesday, Jan. 13

"Sources have told ESPN FC that initial scans have shown injury-plagued Carroll has suffered a slight tear to his hamstring which is set to keep him out of action for eight weeks," reported Peter O'Rourke of ESPN FC.


Bilic Confirms Carroll Hamstring Problem

Tuesday, Jan. 12

Manager Slaven Bilic confirmed Carroll suffered a hamstring injury, as noted during an interview with West Ham TV (h/t the club's official Twitter).

Carroll was forced off just after the 10-minute mark against the Cherries.


Valencia's Time to Shine Amid Carroll Absence

Enner Valencia netted twice in the 3-1 win over Bournemouth, per BBC Sport's Aimee Lewis. His pace and movement gives the Hammers a different kind of threat up top during any time Carroll is absent.

It's yet another blow for Carroll, who cannot seem to stay fit for the east London club. 

When he's played, the burly target man's form has been quite decent this season. He's scored three Premier League goals, according to WhoScored.com. He provides a unique option for Bilic's team, who are searching for a UEFA Europa League place.

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