West Ham star Stewart Downing comments on Andy Carroll's latest injury setback

Andy Carroll suffered another injury in West Ham's 0-0 draw with Southampton - and team mate Stewart Downing wants him back soon.

All things considered, West Ham United's 0-0 draw with Southampton on Wednesday was a fantastic result for Sam Allardyce's men.

The Hammers are enduring a real injury crisis right now, and fielded a patchwork side against the Saints, with three centre forwards in attack.

Then, West Ham were forced to play the final 30 minutes of the game at St. Mary's Stadium with ten men, as goalkeeper Adrian was given a straight red card for handling outside of the penalty area.

As if that wasn't enough, Allardyce was dealt yet another blow when striker Andy Carroll suffered another injury on his return to the side, and was virtually immobilised for the last 20 minutes of the encounter.

Manager Allardyce confirmed after the match that Carroll had suffered a setback, with The Independent suggesting that he could be out for up to a month.

Team mate Stewart Downing, who also played with Carroll at Liverpool, told the club's official website that the Hammers need Carroll back sooner rather than later.

"The injury was disappointing for Andy, but hopefully it's not too bad and we can get him back as quickly as possible," said Downing. "He felt it the other day when he got a knock on it at Liverpool, so it's unfortunate that he came on and got another bang on it."

Carroll had suffered a knee injury against Liverpool at the end of January, and only made his return as a substitute against Southampton - before a re-occurrence of the problem.

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