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Carroll sidelined by new hamstring injury

Filed: Wednesday, 13th January 2016
By: Staff Writer

Andy Carroll is facing the prospect of several more weeks on the sidelines after pulling a hamstring during tonight's 3-1 at Bournemouth.

The big striker has begun to reproduce some of his best form at West Ham in recent outings but is facing yet more time in the treatment room after sustaining the injury during a sprint just 12 minutes into tonight's Premier League clash.

Slaven Bilic, speaking to the club's website after the game revealed that the news was not good. "Andy was a shame because he started off great," he said.

"He was dominant, he was quick, he was sharp and he was winning every ball. He was covering a big pitch - and then with one sprint, he got injured.

"It's a big blow because he's really back in shape. It's still too early [to say] but it's a hamstring and we can only hope that it isn't going to be for very long."

The manager also revealed that there was a minor injury concern regarding Man of the Match Dimitri Payet, who Bilic revealed had experienced tightening of the muscles during the second half.

"He told me he had cramp when it was 1-1 and we really didn't want to risk him," he revealed. "We had already prepared Alex [Song] but then we scored a goal.

"He would have come off anyway. I didn't want to risk him as we didn't want to lose him long-term."

Despite those worries, the manager had plenty of praise for his team after they came from behind to secure a win that lifted West Ham above Manchester United into fifth spot in the Premier League.

"I want to congratulate the guys because they came back from 1-0 behind which is very difficult - especially in a Premier League away game," he said.

"We started the game very well; we were dominating and should have scored in the first minute. Then, unfortunately Andy got injured and they scored, which shocked us a bit.

"We changed the shape of the team a little and told them they had to match Bournemouth in the basics - things like closing down and winning second balls - and add a bit more quality. And that's what we did.

"We were really good in the second half, scored three wonderful goals and dominated. We deserved it big time."

Although careful to offer congratulations to every one of his players, Bilic was delighted by each of West Ham's three stunning goals - two fantastic free kicks from Dimitri Payet and Enner Valencia, plus a third on which the two contributed to devastating effect.

"Dimi produced a magical move and then we scored a great second goal," he said. "Again, the third was a magnificent one from Enner. It's very important for him to score two goals after a long absence."

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