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West Ham opinion: We all feared Carroll would get injured
7:00am Friday 13th September 2013 in Sport
Hammers comment by Graeme Howlett: Editor of Knees up Mother Brown (www.kumb.com)
WEST HAM UNITED:Any long-suffering West Ham supporter will tell you that if something can go wrong at the Boleyn Ground, it probably will.
So when Sam Allardyce splashed the remainder of his transfer budget on Stewart Downing instead of a striker to support Andy Carroll, it was perhaps inevitable that the club-record signing would get injured at some stage.
What the fans won’t have banked on, however, was Carroll breaking down before he’d even kicked a ball...
On Monday, news broke on the KUMB.com forum that Carroll had sustained a fresh injury to the same foot that has kept him sidelined since May.
This was later confirmed by West Ham, although they failed to comment on speculation suggesting that Carroll could be out until 2014, or even the entire season.
Within 24 hours United had rushed through the signing of Mladen Petric — a free agent who spent last season at Fulham — to replace Carroll. Allardyce will be hoping the Croatian can repeat his pre-Christmas spell of form at Craven Cottage during which he scored five goals — and not his post-Yuletide yield of none.
For more views on West Ham see today's Echo newspaper