Manuel Pellegrini’s preparations for the new season have been hit
West Ham have revealed Andy Carroll and Winston Reid will both be out of action for at least three months.
Striker Carroll played and scored in Sunday’s first pre-season friendly against Swiss outfit FC Winterthur but has been battling an ankle injury that requires surgery.
In a double blow to new Hammers manager Manuel Pellegrini‘s preparations for the new season, defender Reid will also go under the knife due to a knee problem.
A statement from West Ham’s new Head of Medical Richard Collinge read: “Andy played and scored in Sunday’s match but is still reporting some discomfort in his ankle and further scans have revealed that he requires some minor surgery to provide more strength and stability to the area.
“Winston has been suffering some swelling around the knee injury that he sustained at Swansea last season and he too is in need of explorative surgery to clean up the area.
“We have decided that this is the best course of action to ensure that both players have a chance of returning to full fitness as soon as possible.”
Pellegrini, who replaced David Moyes as manager in June, added: “We are obviously very sad to hear that Andy and Winston have suffered setbacks. This is a big blow for them and us, but we hope to see them back in action as soon as possible.
“It does mean that we have lost two senior players in key areas, though, and we’ll continue to work hard with the owners to make further additions to strengthen the playing squad, beyond the five new signings already confirmed.”
Since joining the club in 2010, Reid has made 222 appearances, while Carroll scored three goals in 18 appearances last season.
Source : TalkSport