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Andrew Carroll | Forward

Team: West Ham United
Age / DOB:  (26) / 1/6/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 168

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West Ham co-chairman David Gold has confirmed that Andy Carroll is working hard and is targeting a return against his former employers – Newcastle – in September [GW5].
Carroll underwent knee surgery back in February – the latest in a long line of problems since joining the Hammers – and is determined to repay some of the $20 million invested in him having started just 24 games in 2 years. West Ham however are looking to bolster their attacking options this season having struggled through with Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho; Dimitri Payet has arrived from Marseille while the club have been closely linked with Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez. Ricardo Vaz Te and Carlton Cole were released but Mauro Zarate has returned to the club following a rather unsuccessful loan spell at Queens Park Rangers. Jul 16 - 10:34 AM
Source: Daily Mail

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Sam Allardyce confirmed during his FA Cup press-conference that Andy Carroll would have a full diagnosis on Friday after a recurrence of his knee injury at Southampton. The initial prognosis suggested between 4-6 weeks, but news broke just hours later confirming the former Newcastle striker would undergo surgery ruling him out for the remainder of the campaign.

This setback – the latest in a long line since his move from Liverpool – will serve as a huge blow for Carroll who had been hoping for an injury-free run-in after spending the first four months of the season sidelined following surgery in the summer to fix and tighten ankle ligaments. Carroll picked up the original problem at Anfield in January but after 10 days he was able to return to the group and train ahead of the trip to St Marys on Wednesday. However his second half introduction didn’t go as planned and after a pretty innocuous challenge Carroll felt his knee again although he did remain on the pitch – already used 3 subs – despite his inability to move freely.
Feb 13 - 9:54 AM

Andy Carroll suffered another setback as the Hammers striker left St Marys’ on crutches last night after a recurrence of his recent knee injury.

Allardyce confirmed post-match that Carroll had been training with the group for the past three days without any reaction but admitted the kick to the back of his knee – which caused the problem - was a concern. The extent of the injury will be known after further tests but West Ham are likely to be without Carroll for at least three weeks "He got fit in two and a half weeks [after Liverpool] but clearly it's going to take longer this time because it's the same injury." However attacking options are in plentiful supply at the Boleyn Ground presently with Diafra Sakho, Enner Valencia and Carlton Cole all available. Big Sam also revealed the club will appeal the sending-off of goalkeeper Adrian believing the player was fouled prior to the handball incident outside of the box.
Feb 12 - 9:01 AM

Andy Carroll is still dealing with an ankle issue and will miss West Ham's clash against Manchester United today.

Carroll has an ankle problem and was a late fitness check today. He wasn't able to be fit for the match, but he is expected to return either in midweek or the match after. Carroll is a threat anytime he's on the pitch but it is hard to trust him in fantasy when he has trouble staying on most of the time. If you have him in season-long leagues, it may be worth trading him when he returns. Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia will lead the line in the meantime.
Feb 8 - 11:03 AM

West Ham United came up against a well-oiled Liverpool side and were never much of a threat as they leave Anfield empty-handed in a 2-0 final.

After an easy 3-0 roasting of Hull in their last league match, the Hammers ran into a buzzsaw today. For the first twenty odd minutes, it was looking rather even between the two sides but Liverpool gradually began bossing the show, scoring twice in the second half to seal the points. It was a particularly woeful day for Carroll though as not only did he fail to find the net on a couple of opportunities, he was booked and he hobbled off for a substitute in the 63rd minute. The Hammers will be happy to enjoy their home environs again next weekend, but they will be tested again when Manchester United pay a visit. Hammer investment is trending downward.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 31 - 12:19 PM

Andy Carroll scored an exquisite goal for West Ham United to give the Hammers the initial advantage but they would settle for a draw on the road after Swansea City leveled the match on a West Ham own goal.

Carroll really showed us something with his goal today. No one will argue his aerial threat or his ability to finish when teed up nicely, but he showed some real tekkers today by controlling the ball in the box, dribbling into a better position to challenge the net, and switching his feet just before striking to catch the Swansea defense off guard. Carroll is surely filled with confidence now. If he can stay fit, we may see a run of form from him that we haven't seen since his days at Newcastle. As for the Hammers as a unit, they looked more interested in protecting their one goal than they did adding to it. The result, an own goal by Mark Noble. West Ham head home to host a very beatable Hull side next.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 10 - 12:07 PM

Andy Carroll missed Tuesday nights’ FA Cup draw at Goodison Park after manager Sam Allardyce revealed the striker was injured in training after kicking the ground.

However the former Newcastle and Liverpool hit man was only missing as a precaution and Carroll will be included in the squad that travels to the Liberty this weekend to face Swansea. West Ham have also confirmed that Alex Song will be available for selection after he announced his retirement from international football – the on loan midfielder will not take part in the upcoming African Cup of Nations tournament. But it wasn't all news news for the Hammers' as Diafra Sakho – the clubs leading scorer will miss out for Senegal because of a back problem – it is unknown at this point how long the player will be sidelined.
Source: Daily Mail
Jan 7 - 9:43 AM

Fantasy managers should keep the expectations for Andy Carroll rather low for the time being.

Carroll has played well in the past few matches but has to face Chelsea and Arsenal in his next two matches. That is no easy task even for an in form striker and Carroll is still regaining his form after being out for so long. The Hammers' schedule eases up after that and Carroll could be a great buy early in the New Year.
Thu, Dec 25, 2014 08:17:00 PM

Not having scored a league goal since March, Andy Carroll finally erupted for two goals along with an assist, as he played a part in every score as West Ham United climb to third in the table with a 3-1 win over Swansea City.

Sam Allardyce has got the Hammers flying high and if Andy Carroll has woken up, who knows how high they may finish this season. Their home form has been superb, and if it weren't for a nifty counter-attack by the Swans in the opening half hour, it would have been another clean sheet. Carroll would head in a Carl Jenkinson cross to level the match before the half, then used his height again to head home a Stewart Downing corner. Sitting on a trick, he was somewhat slighted by Diafra Sakho on a break when Sakho could have laid it off to him for an easy tap in hat trick, but Sakho took the shot himself and hit the post. The morale was still there though, and moments later it would be Carroll assisting Sakho instead for the Hammers' final tally. It will be off to Sunderland for them next.
Source: NBC Sports
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 10:48:00 AM

Andy Carroll is ready to make a difference at West Ham United as he has now returned to full fitness.

The oft-injured striker played the full 90 minutes last time out and despite not registering a good fantasy output, was impressive in real life considering it was only his second match of the season. Carroll will likely improve and he can be considered in fantasy leagues as he comes at a low price tag.
Fri, Nov 28, 2014 04:36:00 PM

Andy Carroll has insisted that he'll fight for a first team spot at West Ham once he returns from injury.

We've heard this one over and over again. Carroll hasn't been able to stay healthy for more than a couple matches at a time over the past two seasons and we wouldn't bank on it until we see it. With West Ham enjoying a somewhat revamped attack with Mauro Zarate, Diafra Sakho, and Enner Valencia, we wouldn't buy into Carroll in any fantasy formats.
Source: Sky Sports
Wed, Oct 15, 2014 07:55:00 PM

West Ham are reportedly interested in acquiring Stuttgart striker Vedad Ibisevic over the winter transfer window.

The Hammers have already acquired Mauro Zarate, Enner Valencia, and Diafra Sakho on top of other supporting players this summer. They also spend a fortune on oft-injured striker Andy Carroll last summer but they haven't been able to cash in on any of their transfers and are still struggling in attack. We expect that someone will have to leave if they are to bring in another striker but whether that will be Carlton Cole or one of the new additions, we don't know.
Source: Sky Sports
Thu, Sep 11, 2014 01:01:00 AM

Andy Carroll has started running for the first time since injuring ankle ligaments during West Ham’s preseason tour of New Zealand back in July.

Originally the problem was thought to be minor but after the $22 million target man returned to the UK further tests revealed a laxity in his ankle joint - a problem which has been exacerbated following a number of sprains in recent times. The decision was then taken for Andy Carroll to meet world renowned surgeon Dr Myerson who specialises in advanced foot and ankle reconstruction techniques in a bid to cure his ongoing problem and to help restore normal function and stability. Initially it was thought the procedure could keep the Hammers striker sidelined until the end of the year but it now looks like Carroll could return well ahead of schedule.
Source: The Mirror
Tue, Sep 9, 2014 06:25:00 PM

West Ham have signed striker Diafra Sakho from FC Metz on a four-year deal.

Sakho is a competent striker who has a solid history in Ligue One. The 24-year old had 44 goals in 114 matches and is young enough to where he has time to adjust to the Premier League and its physical style. We don't recommend Sakho in week one or two but if he can adjust well to life in the Premier League, he could be a good option in a revamped West Ham attack. He will likely partner Enner Valencia with Mauro Zarate supporting them from behind.
Source: Sky Sports
Thu, Aug 14, 2014 05:24:00 PM

Andy Carroll has been withdrawn from the West Ham United side touring New Zealand after sustaining an ankle injury in training.

While the club made sure to point out in the press release that this ankle injury has nothing to do with the ankle injury that kept him out for much of last season, there have to be mounting fears over Carroll's ability to stay fit. Having only made 15 Premier League appearances in 2013-14 and not having hit the 30 match mark since 2011-12 at Liverpool, there is a decided trend developing. Reports indicate that his absence from pre-season friendlies will be "precautionary" but cynical Hammers supporters would be justified in their concern about a spell on the sidelines.
Source: The Guardian
Wed, Jul 23, 2014 12:45:00 PM