West Ham United's English striker Andy Carroll
Alan Pardew has told Sky Sports' The Debate that he wouldn't even let West Ham United striker Andy Carroll train in order to prevent him from suffering injuries.
The Hammers picked up their first win of the season on Monday night with a 2-0 victory over Huddersfield Town, as Pedro Obiang and Andre Ayew found the back of the net.
Slaven Bilic will have been delighted with a win after losing to Manchester United, Southampton and Newcastle United, and Monday's result will ease the pressure on him given recent questions about his future.
Christopher Schindler of Huddersfield Town and Andy Carroll of West Ham United
Bilic was also boosted by the return of striker Andy Carroll, as the centre forward made his first appearance of the season, starting from the off as West Ham looked to attack.
Carroll, 28, missed the opening stages of the season through injury yet again, but returned with a strong performance against Huddersfield, tormenting defenders throughout with his power and aerial ability.
The former Liverpool flop has struggled with injuries throughout his time in East London, and whilst his record of 30 goals in 111 games for the club is impressive, West Ham haven't been able to rely on him from a fitness perspective.
West Ham fans may already be waiting for Carroll's next injury blow, but former Hammers boss Alan Pardew has told Sky Sports' The Debate that his solution would be to not even allow Carroll to train in order to prevent him from suffering injuries.
Pardew believes that he would keep Carroll out of training on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday before easing him into work on Thursday and Friday, as he doesn't need great fitness work to be able to play his style of football.
“If I was West Ham manager, I wouldn't let him train,” said Pardew. “Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, I just wouldn't let him, and say he can do a little bit of work on Thursday, Friday he can play in a seven-a-side, and then play on Saturday.”
“Once he's fit and he's playing, he doesn't need a lot of work. The way he plays, he's kind of in the game and out of the game, so he can rest for periods, and let him rest; because when he's on the pitch, what he actually does physically is a lot of big, physical stuff, not running around, closing people down, so he doesn't need to have ten miles in him. That boy is a fantastic footballer, but Slaven does have to be very, very clever with him to try and work out his schedule so that he doesn't overcook him in training, because a lot of his injuries, he picks up in training,” he added.