The England striker might not play again this year due to foot complaint.
West Ham will make an emergency move for ex-Fulham forward Mladen Petric after Andy Carroll suffered a fresh injury blow in training.
Carroll moved to Upton Park from Liverpool this summer in club record £15 million deal but is is yet to play for the Hammers this season due to a heel injury and broke down again at the club’s Chadwell Heath HQ.
The 24-year-old apparently heard a ‘pop’ in the troublesome area of his foot as he stepped up his rehabilitation efforts and the Hammers fear he could be sidelined for the remainder of 2013 – leaving boss Sam Allardyce’s attacking options thin on the ground.
“West Ham United can confirm Andy Carroll suffered an injury to his right foot during his return to full training today,” the said in a club statement.
“Although it is in the same part of his foot as his previous injury, it is a new injury and therefore there will be no prognosis until he has seen a specialist.”
However, the Daily Mail understand Allardyce has moved to snap up free agent Petric to cover for Carroll and hopes to sign the Croatian in time for West Ham’s trip to Southampton on Sunday, pending the outcome of a medical.
The 32-year-old spent last season at Fulham, but failed to convince manager Martin Jol to extend his initial one-year deal and was released after managing just five goals in 23 Premier League games at Craven Cottage.