The 30-year-old could be sidelined until the end of the season with his contract due to expire in June
Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed Andy Carroll is sidelined with another injury to raise doubts about his future at West Ham.
Carroll, the forward, has not been included in either of West Ham’s previous two matchday squads and it has now been revealed the injury-hit striker has an ankle problem.
There is no time frame on Carroll’s return, though early reports suggest he could be sidelined for the remainder of the season.
This means the former Newcastle and Liverpool forward could have already played his final match for the east London club, as he will be out of contract in the summer and is not expected to be offered a new deal.
“Andy Carroll has an ankle problem,” Pellegrini revealed in a press conference. “How serious we don’t know, I cannot tell you.
“We need to wait for some medical examinations and after that we will know.”
Carroll joined West Ham from Liverpool in 2012, initially on loan before agreeing a £15million permanent switch on a six-year contract.
In that time he has started only 84 Premier League matches out of a possible 266 due to a catalogue of injuries.
Yet while one career at West Ham may be coming to an end, another is blossoming following Declan Rice’s first England call-up.
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The 20-year-old midfielder, who switched allegiance from the Republic of Ireland, is in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Montenegro.
The youngster has only 42 Premier League starts under his belt but Pellegrini insists he is ready for the international stage.
“When you pick the squad for your country, you must choose the best players in their best performances in that moment, and I think that Declan deserved it,” added Pellegrini.
“It was a big decision for him to decide which country he was going to play for, but I think that his performance has allowed him to play at any international level because he is in a very good moment.”