West Ham striker Andy Carroll will be sidelined for at least three months and requires surgery after seriously injuring his ankle during pre-season in Switzerland.
Carroll will fly back to London with this the latest setback in the 29-year-old’s injury-plagued career and Manuel Pellegrini will look at possible replacements.
Defender Winston Reid, 30, will also return to the capital to undergo surgery on his knee and will also be out for at least three months.
West Ham’s pre-season
8 July: FC Winterthur 3-2 West Ham
14 July: Wycombe v West Ham
21 July: Preston v West Ham
25 July: Aston Villa v West Ham
28 July: Ipswich v West Ham
31 July: Mainz v West Ham
3 August: Angers v West Ham
Both players suffered injury problems last season. Carroll only made 16 Premier League appearances as West Ham avoided relegation while Reid made 17.
‘This is a big blow for them and us, but we hope to see them back in action as soon as possible,’ manager Pellegrini said.
‘It does mean that we have lost two 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.’
So far, West Ham have signed Jack Wilshere, Andriy Yarmolenko, Issa Diop, Lukasz Fabianski and Ryan Fredericks.
West Ham’s new head of medical Richard Collinge said: ‘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.’
Reid’s season ended prematurely in March when he suffered a serious knee by falling awkwardly in an attempt to block a shot against Swansea City. Meanwhile, Carroll managed just seven Premier League starts in another injury-plagued campaign.
The news comes as a further blow to Pellegrini, who lost Manuel Lanzini to a knee ligament injury earlier this summer. The diminutive midfielder was ruled out of the World Cup after suffering whilst with the Argentina national team in June.