West Ham United vice-chairman Karren Brady has told The Sun that she thinks Andy Carroll possess rare ability in the penalty area - but is disappointed with his latest injury.
Nikica Jelavic may have scored in that game, but fans don't appear to be overly enthusiastic with the Croatian's great role at the club, considering injuries to Diafra Sakho and Andy Carroll.
Carroll's injury problems have plagued him at Upton Park ever since signing from Liverpool back in 2012, but when he has played, he has made an impact for the Hammers.
The 26-year-old striker suffered yet another injury against Bournemouth last week, and now looks unlikely to be in contention for England's Euro 2016 squad - though Sky Sports believe he could make a swift return from injury against Southampton in February.
Now, Hammers vice-chairman Karren Brady has told The Sun that Carroll's nature of putting himself about is leading to injuries, with his continued absence a source of frustration.
Brady also noted that she thinks Carroll possesses rare physical and aerial ability in the penalty area, and believes England need him fit to offer a different dimension in attack.
"Andy Carroll putting himself about a bit can be an intimidating prospect," said Brady. "Unfortunately for West Ham and, of course, Carroll, he continues to put himself about on the physio’s table. After 15 minutes against Bournemouth, he leaves the pitch shaking his head over what looks like a hamstring injury and his increasingly impressive return after nine months out has faltered again."
"It is the muscularity and heading power of Carroll that gives us what is today a rare penalty-area option — England need it, too. Still, no grumbling. It seems Carroll won’t be out too long," she added.
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