Allardyce identifies reason for Carroll's injury struggles

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce says that Andy Carroll's fearless mentality does him no favours.

Sam Allardyce believes that Andy Carroll is too brave for his own good on the football pitch.

The West Ham United target man has suffered with a number of injuries during his time at the Boleyn Ground so far and Allardyce thinks this is because of his fearless approach to football. 

Carroll is currently nearing full fitness after missing the entirety of this season due to an ankle problem and the Hammers boss wants him to change his mentality when he does return to help him avoid being sidelined again. 

“I think he is so brave and fearless that I fear that some of the injuries actually come from that,” he said to the Mirror.

“He doesn’t fear any situation. But sometimes he goes into those areas with no fear and it can be a little dangerous in terms of injuries.

“That comes with more experience I think. He is a whole-hearted, committed player.

“I cannot tell him to pull out of challenges. I think that with experience, you just know what you can win and what you definitely might not be able to win. That might steer him clear of an injury or two that might occur.

“I think Andy has got to manage himself. It is the old adage: we can lead Andy to water but we cannot make him drink.”

Carroll came through a midweek development squad fixture against Southend United unscathed and he is only weeks away from being back involved with the first-team squad.

When he does return, he is going to be part of a confident team, after the side's good form in his absence.

West Ham are currently in fifth position in the Premier League table and there is already talk of the potential for the club to claim a European spot this campaign.

Carroll will be desperate to be a part of this success, but his position in the starting line-up is no longer guaranteed. 

The form of Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho has been nothing short of remarkable and Carroll will have his work cut out trying to break up that partnership. 

If he is to do so, he will need to prove to be more of a goal threat than ever before and a sustained run of fitness is essential to help him reach peak performance. 

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