Belfast Telegraph

Carroll is gutted at injury but Bilic remains positive

By Staff Reporter

Injury-plagued West Ham striker Andy Carroll is "gutted" about his latest setback.

Carroll will miss tomorrow's FA Cup fifth-round trip to Blackburn. The 27-year-old has been beset by injuries since joining the Hammers permanently from Liverpool in 2013, and has started only 31 Premier League matches in 32 months at the club.

The latest blow is a groin problem suffered after coming on as a substitute against Norwich last weekend, although manager Slaven Bilic hopes he will not be sidelined for long.

"It's not a big injury, maybe a few weeks," said Bilic. "It happens a lot. We are gutted, he is gutted. He felt it warming up at Norwich but came on and made an impact. It turned out to be a minor injury."

Carroll is another addition to a growing casualty list for Bilic, who is also without Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho, leaving January signing Emmanuel Emenike as the only fit striker.

The situation is worse at right-back, with Carl Jenkinson, Joey O'Brien and James Tomkins all injured and Sam Byram cup-tied.

"In some positions we don't have many choices," added Bilic. "Every week we are getting one player back but losing another. But we aren't going to rest players, we don't need to."

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