Just a day after West Ham captain Kevin Nolan told The Sun, ‘We’ll have the big man available for the whole of the season and that will be a big thing for us’ Andy Carroll has once again succumbed to injury.
The mishap is set to see him ruled out for the remainder of the Hammers’ pre-season tour, but some sources suggest it could be months rather than weeks before he returns to the fold.
Last term Sam Allardyce’s men were more productive without the £15m man in the XI, winning or drawing 55 per cent of their matches.
Conversely the side lost 63 per cent of the games in which the sporadically divine ponytail featured in 2013/14, with two goals his measly contribution to their net-bulging cause.
Even the season before, when he managed 24 appearances in claret and blue, Carroll fired in only seven times.
The Geordie beanpole’s misfortune is new signing Enner Valencia’s gain, with the Ecuadorian riding a hot streak of 23 goals in his last 28 outings for club and country.
Valencia is 19/20 to net 11 or more times in the Premier League next term and will now have only Carlton Cole and Mauro Zarate to face down for line-leading duties.
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