Monday 24 September 2018

Bilic may have to plan without in-form Carroll for Brom clash

West Ham's Andy Carroll
West Ham's Andy Carroll

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic said Andy Carroll may miss tomorrow's Premier League clash with West Bromwich Albion as the striker has not trained this week due to a minor groin injury.

Carroll, who was injured from mid-August to December, has helped West Ham recover from a tough start since returning to fitness, scoring four goals in his last four games to help them climb to ninth in the table.

Bilic said the injury Carroll picked up in last weekend's 3-1 win at Southampton was not big but suggested he may rest the striker given his fitness struggles.

"It is not anything major," Bilic said. "Andy felt something similar to what he had at Middlesbrough and hopefully he will be OK for Saturday."

"Players have to train to maintain fitness and it is about finding a balance, especially with a history of injuries. But if there is a niggle it is not a problem to rest, even for a whole week, and with Andy that is the case."

Defender Aaron Cresswell and midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate are also doubts for the visit of eighth-placed West Brom.

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