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Premier League: West Ham's Andy Carroll to miss start of season with ankle injury

West Ham United have suffered a major blow heading into the new season, with Andy Carroll set to miss four months with ankle ligament damage.

The striker, 25, injured the joint during a Hammers training session on their pre-season tour of New Zealand and will undergo surgery on Friday to correct the problem.

Carroll was withdrawn from the squad to face Wellington Pheonix on Wednesday night, which they lost 2-1, after complaining of a sore left ankle and scans have revealed the extent of the damage – which is significant.

West Ham previously released a statement saying Carroll would miss their remaining fixtures in New Zealand as a precautionary measure, but reports suggest he could now be out until November.

"Going under the knife tomorrow morning and absolutely devastated to be missing the start of the season," Carroll tweeted.

Carroll moved to West Ham on loan from Liverpool initially, scoring seven goals in 24 appearances in the 2012-13 season before moving to Upton Park permanently that summer.

But he was plagued by injuries last term, missing the majority with a heel problem and playing just 16 times in all.

West Ham’s second and final game of the ongoing tour comes against Sydney FC in Wellington on Saturday.


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  • Premier League: West Ham's Andy Carroll to miss start of season with ankle injury


  • West Ham United have suffered a major blow heading into the new season, with Andy Carroll set to miss four months with ankle ligament damage.

  • Regional Rumours in the Press: Zouma may stay put


  • Chelsea have dropped a big hint that Kurt Zouma is part of their plans for the new season, while Sunderland are close to sealing a signing.

  • Rumours in the Press: QPR eye striker Eto'o


  • QPR are hoping to sign former Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o, while Tottenham are ready to grab Aston Villa's Dutch defender Ron Vlaar.

  • Can, Tadic, De Jong and co. can impress


  • WhoScored's Martin Laurence assesses summer signings Emre Can, Dusan Tadic, Siem de Jong, Mame Biram Diouf, Bafetimbi Gomis and Diego Poyet.

  • Regional Rumours in the Press: Saint favours Spurs


  • Morgan Schneiderlin may snub Arsenal to join Spurs, who are chasing Shakhtar Donetsk playmaker Douglas Costa, and Chelsea want Raphael Varane.

  • Friendly: West Ham lose 2-1 to Wellington Phoenix in Auckland, New Zealand


  • Mauro Zarate scored his first West Ham goal in a 2-1 friendly defeat to Wellington Phoenix at Eden Park on Wednesday.

  • Rumours in the Press: Messi pondered Arsenal move


  • Lionel Messi weighed up a shock transfer to Arsenal before signing a new Barcelona deal and Spurs are pondering a move for Douglas Costa.

  • Premier League: West Ham striker Andy Carroll has picked up an ankle injury


  • Andy Carroll is to miss both of West Ham United's friendly contests in New Zealand after picking up an ankle problem.

  • Premier League: West Ham's Andy Carroll tipped to come good by David Sullivan


  • West Ham United co-owner David Sullivan says he is glad that Andy Carroll has not been playing for England this summer as it means he will be in better shape to show his true form this season.

  • Transfer news: Charlton lead race for West Ham goalkeeper Stephen Henderson


  • Sky Sports understands Charlton are closing in on the signing of West Ham goalkeeper Stephen Henderson.

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