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Allardyce: Carroll to miss start of season

Filed: Tuesday, 6th August 2013
By: Staff Writer

Sam Allardyce has admitted that Andy Carroll is unlikely to be fit in time for the 2013/14 Premier League curtain-raiser against Cardiff next weekend.

Allardyce, who is currently preparing his squad for tonight's Guadiana Tournament clash with SC Braga revealed that despite having returned to training, the club record signing is unlikely to be ready for the Bluebirds' visit on 17th August.

"Andy is making good progress and doing some running," said Big Sam. "We'll look at things over the next week but, considering where he is in his preparation, I would've thought that realistically were looking at the match following the international break, which is Southampton away on 15th September."

Carroll, speaking at the weekend was however slightly more optimistic about his chances of making a full recovery ahead of schedule.

"I've been away to Germany with the lads and keeping myself as fit as I can with the work I can still do," he said. "It's been tough but I've been working hard to be back for the start of the season."

"I'm dying to get back kicking a ball again. I can't wait because the last time I kicked a ball was in the final game of last season. Everyone is buzzing and in great form and great spirits, looking forward to the start of the season."

Although Allardyce remains in the market for a right-sided forward who can also deputise in the centre of attack, West Ham may be forced to look within their current squad for a temporary replacement should Carroll fail to return in time for the start of the new season.

The most logical - and perhaps only - choice to replace the 15million man is Modibo Maiga, who featured in that role last night as West Ham beat Sporting 3-2. The Malian grabbed an assist when setting up Kevin Nolan's opener to add to his brace against Eintracht Braunschweig two weekends previously.

The games Andy Carroll could miss

18th August: Cardiff City (h)
24th August: Newcastle Utd (a)
27th/28th August: Capital One Cup, 2nd Round
31st August: Stoke City (h)

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