The injury curse has struck West Ham striker Andy Carroll again.
The former Newcastle and Liverpool player is facing four months away from the first team after suffering torn ligaments in his ankle during the early stages of the Hammers’ tour of New Zealand.
Reports today are saying that the 25-year-old is set to have surgery tomorrow in the United States.
Jack Sullivan, the son of co-owner David Sullivan, tweeted details of Carroll’s injury today following a question and answer session with his father.
Sullivan wrote: “Very bad news regarding AC. Torn ligaments in ankle. Operation tomorrow with top surgeon in USA. Will be playing in four months.”
Carroll has been haunted by injuries for the majority of his young career.
He was absent for nearly all of West Ham’s matches last season with a heel problem, making only 15 Premier League appearances.
After returning from injury, he dislocated his finger in a match against Everton at Goodison Park. He was also sent off and banned for several matches after a clash with Swansea City’s Chico Flores.
Carroll was moved from Newcastle to Liverpool in January 2011 for £35 million, but didn’t make his club debut until March 2011 because of an injury he sustained while at Newcastle.
He was then sent on loan from Liverpool to West Ham in August 2012. Carroll would score in his Hammers debut. But only a few months later, in November 2012, he was sent to the sidelines again with an injury and wouldn’t return until February 2013.
The former England international’s West Ham deal was made permanent in May 2013.