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Wednesday 26 April 2017

Bilic weighing up Carroll call

Andy Carroll Picture: PA
Andy Carroll Picture: PA

Slaven Bilic is weighing up whether to risk Andy Carroll from the start when Burnley head to the London Stadium tonight.

The striker is finally fit after his latest injury absence, three-and-a-half months with a knee problem, and has made two substitute appearances against Arsenal and Liverpool.

The Hammers have emerged from a nightmare run of fixtures, which also included Tottenham and Manchester United, and now face back-to-back home games with Burnley and Hull.

But Bilic is wary of pinning West Ham's hopes of moving away from relegation trouble squarely on the shoulders of injury-plagued Carroll.

"We will decide on Wednesday," said the Hammers boss

"He came on twice from the bench, now we need to decide whether to use him from the bench or from the start.

"We have two very important games and we have to manage our players to be available in both.

"I've been talking about Carroll for most of the last season, he's that kind of player. It is a big blow when we are missing him.

"We are not afraid to start him but we have to think twice on how to manage him."

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