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West Ham United will be without Andy Carroll for three months following his latest injury setback, according to a report in the Telegraph.

The media outlet claims that the Hammers striker will miss a significant amount of the season after he required surgery to repair a hairline fracture to his foot.

It was hoped the West Ham striker would not need to go under the knife, however, the club was advised by a second specialist that it would be the best course of action.

Carroll, who became a shock transfer target for Chelsea during the January window, has struggled with a number of injuries during his career and is believed to be upset with his latest problem.

Reports in the press suggest the champions were prepared to line-up a deal worth around £20million and we’re entertaining the possibility of Michy Batshuayi heading to West Ham on a loan switch until the end of the season.

The news will likely end any chance of a Hammers exit until the summer at least, whilst it may also effectively end his chances of making the England squad for the World Cup tournament in Russia.

The injury is believed to have happened during West Ham’s 2-1 win against West Bromwich Albion, in which the powerful striker scored both goals – his only of the campaign so far.

West Ham and David Moyes will be ruing the latest setback as a blow in their bid for progression in the Premier League.

There has been speculation linking Javier Hernandez, Andre Ayew and Diafra Sakho with moves all away from the Hammers during the winter transfer window, although it is believed the club will only allow one to leave now.

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