West Ham United striker Andy Carroll explains his theory on injury troubles

Enner Valencia, Andy Carroll, Mark Noble

The club record signing has been constantly on the treatment table since signing for West Ham.

West Ham United striker Andy Carroll has been talking about his injury woes since becoming a West Ham player.

The England international was talking to the London Evening Standard about his injury troubles, including the recent knee injury that has ruled him out for the rest of the current campaign.

He also gave an explanation as to why he so often picked up injury problems. He stated:

“It is just the way I play — aggressive play.

“You see the way I did my knee. I went up for a header, went to run in where one of the defenders was standing and I’ve clattered him in the back and I’ve ended up doing my own injury.

“That’s just me. Most of the injuries — I’ve hyper-extended when running for a tackle — it is just because I am trying to give 100 per cent every time and throw myself into everything. I think that is what happens.

“Whatever the gaffer has got to say, I don’t think he could do anything to change that!”

There is no doubt Carroll rarely leaves anything on the pitch after a game. He is one of the more hard-working and selfless strikers out there - even if he does not always get the credit for it.

But coming through the injury is now all he has on his mind, as he reveals the torture of watching on as a professional footballer:

"I’ve gone through rehab before but I don’t think it’ll ever get any easier. I don’t want to be injured.

“I want to be out on the pitch so if it is a week-long injury, a six-week injury or a six-month injury, it is always going to be the same.

“I just want to be out on the pitch playing football. It is the worst feeling ever when you can’t.”

Carroll's injuries have certainly been a cause for concern at West Ham. The former Newcastle United striker first arrived at Upton Park on loan from Liverpool in August 2012, before signing a fee in the region of £15 million for his permanent transfer, according to the BBC.

He has battled ankle, heel and knee problems since his move to the club and has played just 54 times in almost three seasons for the club.

West Ham will be hoping he is fully fit by the start of the new campaign and that he maintain that status for the entire season.

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