Carroll out of Swansea trip

  • by Staff Writer
  • Friday, 18th December 2015

Andy Carroll is unlikely to feature against Swansa on Sunday due to a groin injury, manager Slaven Bilic has revealed.

Already struggling to cope with a lengthy injury list, Bilic revealed this morning that he had almost certainly lost the England international ahead of this weekend's trip to Wales.

"We have a situation with Andy Carroll in that he is feeling his groin," he told the media at his morning's pre-match press conference. "We're going to see today but it looks like he'll be off for the Swansea game, which is a big blow.

"I think it will be one game only, that's what the medical team has told me. It's nothing major. We have the choice of Valencia or Jelavic up front.

"They are quality players, they are good players and they are different players. Maybe the two of them will play together. We still have a couple of good strikers on our roster, even without Sakho and Carroll."

Already missing half of his first choice starting XI - including Sakho, Payet, Moses, Reid and Lanzini - news of Carroll's impending absence only adds insult to injury.

Yet Bilic says he has been happy with the contribution of those fringe players who have been drafted in to replace their unavailable companions.

"The bonding, the quality and the character we have showed are positive, of course, so I'm really confident for Sunday's game," he added.

"If we keep that kind of team spirit when these players start to come back, it's all very positive, but we have to go through this period of two or three games without them."

Following the trip to Swansea on Sunday, West Ham face Aston Villa next Saturday (Boxing Day), Southampton at the Boleyn two days later (28 December) before completing their holiday programme against Liverpool at home on 2 January - a total of four games in just 13 days.

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