Slaven Bilic comments on Andy Carroll's return, claims 'no issue' despite substitution

Slaven Bilic

Slaven Bilic was glad to see Andy Carroll make his return for West Ham.

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has told the club's official Twitter account that Andy Carroll's return to the team was 'very positive'.

Carroll started as West Ham took on Leicester City in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday evening, but he couldn't prevent a defeat for Bilic.

Joe Dodoo gave Leicester the lead early on, only for Mauro Zarate to equalise for West Ham - and with no more goals, the game went into extra time, where Andy King's late goal gave the Foxes the win and sent Claudio Ranieri's men into the next round.

Bilic named a virtually full-strength side for the game, but Carroll was handed the starting role up front rather than Diafra Sakho, following a lengthy battle with injury.

The 26-year-old didn't get on the scoresheet, but did manage to play 63 minutes before being replaced by Dimitri Payet - and then came a minor talking point.

Carroll headed straight down the tunnel when he was substituted, causing fans to ponder whether he had suffered yet another injury blow - but Bilic moved to calm those fears, stating on the club's official Twitter account that there was no issue with the striker, and he simply went back to the dressing room to pick up a jacket.

The giant target man is one of the best players in the Premier League when it comes to aerial ability, and he still has a major role to play at West Ham despite the number of injuries he has suffered since his permanent move from Liverpool in 2013.

Bilic must work to get Carroll's fitness back up, and playing an hour against Leicester was a major step in the right direction for West Ham and Carroll.

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