There are fears that West Ham United striker Andy Carroll may have played his last game for the club having picked up another ankle injury last week, according to the Daily Mirror.
The newspaper claims that the nine-times England international may have aggravated a previous problem to his ankle, presenting him with the possibility of yet another serious setback.
The Hammers are currently investigating the injury to discover the extent of it, but with Carroll’s contract with the club set to expire in the summer things aren’t looking good for the former Liverpool man.
West Ham have the option of extending the 30-year-old’s deal in East London, but this latest setback may have put paid to the senior player’s hopes of remaining at the London Stadium.
There’s no surprise here, really. Carroll’s days at West Ham have appeared numbered all season and he’s done nothing on the pitch to reverse that thinking. He has struggled to make an impact when he has played this term, and now he’s gone and picked up another injury. Ultimately it was unlikely that the club were going to extend his deal anyway, but his hopes now look completely dead. Simply put, he is just not someone that Manuel Pellegrini can rely upon. Players need to stay fit in order to remain valuable and Carroll doesn’t do that. He spends more time on the treatment table than he does on the field of play and that will be infuriating for his manager. It’s difficult to know where to place blame where injuries are concerned, but at this point you have to wonder whether the Englishman could do more in terms of injury prevention. Either way, his time at the London Stadium seems to be coming to an end.