Allardyce confirms another injury for Andy Carroll, four-week absence rumoured

Sam Allardyce

Andy Carroll suffered yet another injury setback in West Ham's clash with Southampton.

Just days after surrendering a 1-0 lead in the dying seconds against Manchester United, West Ham proved their grit and determination with a 0-0 draw at Southampton.

With a host of injuries, West Ham were down to the bare bones, and were then dealt another blow after 61 minutes, when goalkeeper Adrian was given a straight red card for a handball outside of the area.

That left West Ham down to ten men for the final half an hour of the game, but they stood strong and prevented Southampton from snatching a winner, keeping themselves in touch with the top six - just.

Yet they were essentially down to nine men for the last 20 minutes, given that striker Andy Carroll - who was only introduced to the game as a substitute after 55 minutes - suffered yet another injury.

The 26-year-old has had a stop-start season, and came back for the first time since injuring his ankle against Liverpool last month.

However, manager Allardyce confirmed to the West Ham official website after the game that Carroll had suffered a knee injury this time, which left him virtually immobilised for the last 20 minutes of the match.

Carroll now faces another spell on the sidelines, with The Independent believing that he will be ruled out for up to a month after his latest setback.

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