Andy Carroll out for up to six weeks with knee injury

West Ham United’s season will be affected as their star striker Andy Carroll was ruled out for up to six weeks.

Carroll, 27, picked up the injury in a mid-week fixture against Romanian champions Astra Giurgiu. The first leg of the Europa League play-off had ended up at a 1-1 stalemate.

“Hopefully it will be four weeks. It’s nothing major. But it’s very sad for him and us,” Hammers boss Slaven Bilic had thus informed. “It’s a big problem of us without him. We’re counting on him big time.”

Just earlier in the week, Billic had also lost £20m club-record signing Andre Ayew to a thigh injury for four months.

Since joining West Ham from Liverpool in 2012, Caroll had been in a series of injury setbacks, and his latest incident adds to a growing casualty list for Billic.

Amongst the other Hammers players still out by injury were Aaron Cresswell, Sofiane Feghouli and Manuel Lanzini. Dimitri Payet, a vital star for France in their campaign up to the final, is still regaining full fitness.

However, West Ham enjoyed a positive weekend in the Premier League, as Michail Antonio’s header five minutes from time earned them a 1-0 victory over Bournemouth.

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