West Ham United's Andy Carroll after being injured
Jack Sullivan, son of Hammers co-owner David, confirmed rumours doing the rounds on social media this week that Carroll will miss around two weeks of key pre-season training.
That could threaten to rule Carroll out of West Ham's crucial two-legged Europa League third qualifying round clash with either Belarus side Shaktyor Soligorsk or Slovenian minnows Domzale on July 28th and August 4th.
When he is fit and firing there are not many better all-round forwards in the Premier League.
West Ham's Andy Carroll scoring last season
How to get Carroll singing again
But that is half the problem for the Hammers, as he very rarely is.
In the three seasons since making his move to Upton Park permanent, Carroll has made just 56 appearances, scoring 16 goals.
Fears over yet another injury have been allayed, though, by West Ham's head of medical and sports science Stijn Vandenbroucke in his latest column on the club's official website.
West Ham's Andy Carroll
'We are trying to find the correct balance'
"Andy Carroll trained fully this week, but he did not play on Tuesday night (against Slovacko)," Vandenbroucke told whufc.com.
"This is Andy’s first pre-season in several years. We are trying to find the correct balance between training and recovery.
"Andy has an individual programme where he does 90 per cent of the pre-season and sometimes has an extra day’s rest or works in the gym."
So there you have it word from the man in the know that Carroll is not in fact injured.
West Ham co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold are on the hunt for new strikers
Some supporters sceptical
Many fans are sceptical and think the club could be covering up a new injury.
Some suggest that should clubs who West Ham are trying to buy strikers from get wind of Carroll's injury, their prices would suddenly jump up a few million.
Whatever the reason, one thing is for certain the Hammers will need Carroll to stay fit more often than not this season given how important he proved to be at certain times during the last campaign.