West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed that striker Andy Carroll is out of Saturday’s game against Huddersfield Town.
The Hammers boss revealed at his pre match press conference, as per journalist Sam Inkersole’s personal Twitter account, that the 30-year-old is out again this weekend.
Carroll suffered yet another ankle injury last week and, according to the Daily Mirror, there are fears that he has played his last game for West Ham with his contract up at the end of the season.
Pellegrini told the press that he ‘doesn’t know’ whether that is the case or not.
Andy Carroll is out this weekend again. Pellegrini says he "doesn't know" if he has played his last game for West Ham. https://t.co/11TST9inw9
— Sam Inkersole (@Sam_InkersoleTM) March 14, 2019
Well this doesn’t sound good at all, does it? It appears that the clock is very much ticking on Carroll’s run in East London, and Pellegrini has done nothing to erase that suspicion. Him saying that he doesn’t know whether the striker has played his last game for the club or not is a major worry and Carroll – like many others – will surely feel like he probably has. If the manager had any confidence that the 30-year-old would be back in his plans this campaign then he would surely have said so. Instead, he has only cast further doubt on the Geordie giant’s future at the London Stadium. It’s a shame for Carroll that he seemingly cannot stop picking up injuries, but if he’s never available then he’s simply no use to the football club. It’s cold but that’s just the way it is in football. Carroll being out this Saturday doesn’t really affect the manager’s plans, though, as he was unlikely to feature anyway.