West Ham fans react on Twitter to Andy Carroll injury blow

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How West Ham United's Twitter-based supporters reacted to news that Andy Carroll is set to be sidelined for the rest of the 2014-15 season.

West Ham United have been forced to deal with news of another fitness blow, with the club confirming that Andy Carroll is set to miss the rest of the season due to a knee operation.

Carroll, 26, suffered medial knee ligament damage after coming on as a second-half substitute in Wednesday night’s 0-0 draw at Southampton, but was forced to limp through the closing stages after West Ham had made all three changes.

Manager Sam Allardyce had hoped that the striker would be back in his squad within two months, but a statement on the club’s official website has since revealed that the diagnosis is much more serious.

“Andy Carroll will have surgery on his injured knee on Tuesday following assessment by a specialist on Friday afternoon,” the statement read.

“The England international injured his left knee during the second half of Wednesday night’s 0-0 Premier League draw at Southampton. The recovery phase is expected to keep Carroll out for the remainder of the 2014-15 season.”

Carroll has been available for just 53 of West Ham’s 99 Premier League games since arriving from Liverpool in August 2012 on an initial season-long loan, having suffered various injuries during his time at Upton Park.

The England international tore his ankle ligaments during the club’s pre-season tour of New Zealand which forced him to miss the first 11 top-flight matches of this campaign, before returning to action in November’s 0-0 draw with Aston Villa.

His form has been solid when fit, having netted five goals in 16 total appearances over recent months, but the Hammers will now be forced to depend on summer signings Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia, as well as Carlton Cole, during their push for a European place.

Their partnership proved effective at the start of the season in Carroll’s absence, but that hasn’t stopped most Twitter-based supporters from lamenting another long-term setback for their imposing front man.

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