Once again, England international striker Andy Carroll will be out of action due to a serious leg injury. The West Ham United forwards is expected to miss the rest of the 2014/15 season because of scheduled knee surgery this week. Carroll injured his left knee in a 0-0 draw in Southampton last week when he tore his medial ligament. Unfortunately, the 26-year-old stayed on the pitch and in the game after suffering the tear as West Ham had already made their three substitutions.

Carroll joined West Ham on loan in 2012 and then signed permanently a year later. However, he’s managed to start in just 43 per cent of the club’s matches after his 15 million pound transfer from Anfield.  Hammers’ manager Sam Allardyce said the club originally believed Carroll would be out for about four to six weeks, but “The medial ligament on the inside of his knee has a little tear from a fairly innocuous collision and Andy Carroll will require surgery on Tuesday. It’s a big blow for him and us but one we’ve got to cope with. I just hope that staying on hasn’t done any more damage.”

Carroll has suffered several major injuries during his career and missed the majority of last season with an Achilles problem. He then missed the first 12 weeks of the current campaign with an ankle-ligament injury which he suffered during the preseason in New Zealand. Carroll finally rejoined the team in November and has scored five times in 14 matches since then. The former Liverpool and Newcastle player  has represented England nine times and has a pair of goals to his name for his homeland. West Ham is fighting for a spot in Europe next season as they appear to be quite safe from the relegation zone. However, they were knocked out of the FA Cup on Feb. 14th by West Brom.

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